Door-to-door delivery for senior citizens’ stipend now in effect

DAGUPAN CITY — Because of their increasing number, the 85,185 social pensioners in Region 1 will now receive their stipends from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through door-to-door delivery in 61 areas, cash payout in 39 areas, or fund transfer in 27 areas.

The DSWD adopted this strategy to facilitate on-time release of stipend of qualified senior citizens, to serve its purpose of augmenting their resources to answer some of their needs and medication.

Social pensioners in Malasiqui, Pangasinan will receive their pensions via cash payout.

The door-to-door delivery is facilitated by the Philippine Postal Corp., giving premium to those from far flung areas and bedridden pensioners. Under this payment scheme, only the pensioner is allowed to receive his/her stipend.

On the other hand, fund transfer modality allows the pensioners to claim their stipend any time at the Local Government Unit. Through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Chief Executives, timely and complete submission of liquidation reports is emphasized.

The inclusion of these payment schemes minimizes the areas of cash payout done by the Field Office staff, where vulnerabilities and safety are also at stake.

While these are being implemented, Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo instructed his agency’s program staff to monitor the smooth facilitation of these schemes and to provide technical assistance or consultation dialogues to local counterparts if needed.

Iryn Cubangbang, DSWD information officer III, said the number of pensioner beneficiaries per area was determined by the poverty incidence and the population of the elderly. PNA/northboundasia.com