The National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) on Thursday expressed hope that the indigent elders’ monthly social pension may also be distributed through cash cards and local remittance centers.
At the public briefing, NCSC chairperson Franklin Quijano called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and money service providers to allow such to help ease up the process of getting the pension for qualified senior citizens.
“Kaya we are proposing for the alternative modes dahil nakikita natin ang kahalagahan ng manpower at ang importansya ng cash cards. Pagka kulang ka ng manpower, pwede nang sa cash cards,” he said.
(We are proposing alternative modes because we see the importance of manpower and the importance of cash cards. When you lack manpower, you can use cash cards.)
“We are actually hoping that we will be improving the delivery systems. Hindi lang LANDBANK na cash cards, pati po ‘yung mga last mile na money providers o service providers tulad ng Lhuillier, Palawan, at iba pa,” he added.
(We are actually hoping that the delivery systems will be improved. We hope that pensions would be disbursed not only thorugh LANDBANK cash cards, but also through last mile money providers or service providers like Lhuillier, and Palawan Express, among others.)
In 2022, the measure which aims to increase the monthly social pension of indigent senior citizens from P500 to P1,000 had lapsed into law. — Giselle Ombay/RSJ, GMA Integrated News