By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY, May 21 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to start its special validation of records of the indigent senior citizens receiving the social pension program in the Ilocos provinces.
DSWD Region 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo announced their activity in a press conference held at the office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Laoag City recently.
The validation, which will start this week, aims to assess the poverty status of the recipients of the social pension program and to enlist unregistered indigent senior citizens in the Listahanan database of poor households.
He said a total of 10,219 social pensioners in the Ilocos region will undergo the special validation in 15 days through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Project.
Some 9,582 are recipients of the Social Pension Program while the 637 are beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash
Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) project.
“The special validation is realized to intensify the credibility of the Listahanan as the prime source of potential beneficiaries of different social protection programs and services of the national and local governments,” he said.
“The validation will guarantee the resumption of the payment of monthly stipends to social pension beneficiaries and will lead the inclusion of MCCT-FNSP beneficiary-families in the Listahanan database of poor households thus, advancing them to the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” he added.
As of this time, the release of the social pension of the indigent senior citizen is temporarily stopped pending the result of the special validation.
The social pension program allocates monthly stipend worth of P500 to all indigent senior citizens ages 77 and above to augment their daily needs.
Meanwhile, Castillo reported that the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the Ilocos region has already reached to 187, 849 families.
“The facilitation of sustainable livelihood program, employment and provision of capital assistance for the 4Ps beneficiaries in the region is continuing to improve their economic life,” he assured.
At present, every family beneficiary receives a total amount of P1, 500 cash grant every quarter.
“The directives and thrusts of DSWD for this year is anchored on the ‘new normal’ perspective of DSWD which is the reality posed by climate change and poverty to poor and vulnerable families,” Castillo said.
The 4Ps is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old.#