Kag Nadya reports on pension fund  of senior citizens

DURING the 56th regular session of the 18th City Council Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, Councilor Nadya E. Elipe, reported about the unliquidated balance of the city government for the program: DWSD-Social Protection Programs specifically the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

The councilor presented the letter of the DSWD to the city mayor, which cites that the city still has an unliquidated balance of P330,000 for calendar year 2016, which is due and demandable and an unliquidated balance of P2,791,500 out of the P9,070,500 transferred for the first and second quarter of 2017 which are intended for the pension program.

Under the program, indigent senior citizens are entitled to receive P1,500 per quarter or P500.00 per month to help them purchase their maintenance medicines and other needs.

According to Councilor Elipe, the budget is downloaded to the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

Qualified senior citizens apply for the pension through the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) or the CSWD.

“A few weeks ago, several senior citizens failed to receive their social pension, niduol sila kang Councilor Leon Gan who made his own investigation and inquiry regarding this matter,” the councilor said.

She said the unliquidated balances were the main reasons “nga napugos ang DSWD na ipahunong usa ang social pension sa mga indigent senior citizens”.

Considering that the third quarter is about to end, the DSWD is requesting the city to expedite its submission of the needed reports, the councilor said.

Vice Mayor Uy referred the matter to the committee on social services chaired by Councilor Reuben R. Daba for appropriate action. (JAO)