The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has issued its support towards organizations and individuals rallying for the expansion of the Social Pension Program.

The call aims to amend Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. Under this law, only indigent senior citizens are eligible to receive P500 monthly allowance from the Philippine government.

It’s for this limitation that different groups and entities have been actively appealing the amendment of RA 994. They want the House of Representatives and Senate to pass a bill that proposes a “universal coverage” of the program. 

“[We] champion the endeavor to expand the coverage of social pension and to increase the budget allocation so the majority of the elderly sector will be assisted and accorded for their daily subsistence and medical needs,” DSWD said in a press statement. 

The department also showed solidarity to the mission of the appeal’s proponents, specifically their intent to promote the rights and welfare of senior citizens all over the Philippines. 

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