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Palawan board member wants to increase senior citizens’ monthly pension

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A Palawan board member is pushing for a resolution seeking to increase the pension of senior citizens.

Board Member Leoncio Ola authores a resolution asking the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to hike the Monthly Local Social Pension of indigent senior citizens.

“Sa ilalim ng Republic Act 9994 o ang “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010,” ang Social Pension Program ng DSWD ay nagsimula noong taong 2011 na pangunahing layunin ay matulungan ang mga senior citizens na matugunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangang medikal at gastusin sa pamamagitan nang pagbibigay ng monetary benefits,” the Palawan provincial government said.

Currently, the PSWDO provides P250.00 monthly for qualified beneficiaries.

Board Member Ola said that the monthly pension of the senior citizens is not enough for their needs, specially amid the rising prices of commodities.

“Dahil dito, sa pamamagitan ng Resolustion 388-18 maaaring maitaas sa P350.00 ang buwanang pension ng mga nakatatanda. Malaking tulong umano ito sa mga benepisyaryo sakaling maaprubahan,” said the province.

The said resolution has been forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations for its recommendation.