TACLOBAN CITY- All senior citizens in the region are regularly receiving their monthly pensions from the government.
This was declared by Restituto Macuto, regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The DSWD, which provides the pensions to the senior citizens, said that there are 87,920 beneficiaries of this financial aid across the region.
The beneficiaries or those who are 60 years old and above; suffering from physical infirmities; does not have regular income and come from poor sector, receives P500 a month as their pension.
Macuto said that efforts are being maximize to ensure that the social pension intended to the beneficiaries are not sacrificed.
He said that the financial assistance is meant to help them buy medicines and food.
Macuto said that the agency had linked with the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) as the service provider for the social pension through a door-to-door delivery scheme to hasten the delivery of the assistance to the beneficiaries, especially in areas where there are big number of pensioners.
The scheme was piloted in Tacloban City and in towns of Dulag, Tanauan, La Paz and Julita in Leyte; Guiuan, Giporlos, Maslog, Jipapad, San Julian and Hernani, all in Eastern Samar; Macrohon in Southern Leyte; and Jiabong, Motiong, and Hinabangan, all in Samar.