QUEZON CITY, February 17, (PIA) – -Social pension of indigent seniors will soon be delivered door to door nationwide.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be adopting this scheme of distribution to make it easier for the senior citizens (SC) to receive their pension.
“The DSWD is adopting this scheme to make it more convenient for our older persons who have difficulty in traveling. Likewise, by delivering their pensions right to their doorsteps, they can save on transportation expenses in going to payout venues,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.
Soliman added that DSWD Field Offices (FOs) in Region III and the National Capital Region (NCR) have already started the implementation of the scheme in October 2015 in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) and Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), respectively, as conduits.
Under the door-to-door delivery scheme, DSWD provides the master list to the conduit, which in turn, delivers the pension to the respective addresses of the beneficiaries.
The door-to-door payout must be completed within 30 calendar days from the receipt of the check and master list by the conduit.
DSWD-FO NCR, covers 10 cities with a total of 23,820 target beneficiaries. As of December 23, 2015, some 17,758 seniors have received their pension via door-to-door delivery.
Meanwhile, DSWD-FO III is implementing the scheme in 67 municipalities with a total of 29,985 target beneficiaries. As of December 23, some 26,757 seniors have received their pension through the scheme.
Seniors find relief in the distribution scheme due to less hassle and less expense.
For 2016, DSWD targets to provide social pension to some 1,368,941 indigent older persons, 60 years old and above, nationwide.(DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)