Bong Go hails enactment of measure increasing social pension for indigent elderly
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go lauded the recent enactment of a measure increasing the social pension of indigent senior citizens.
“Isa sa mga malubhang tinamaan ng pan. (demya ay ang ating mga senior citizens. Alam naman po natin na sila ay isa sa mga high risk sa COVID-19 at sa iba pa pong sakit. Kaya itong pagtaas ng kanilang pensyon ay, kahit na anumang halaga, sigurado akong malaking tulong na ito sa kanila,” underscored Go, who was made co-author of said measure that lapsed into law on July 30.
“Nasa kultura na rin po ng Pilipino na alagaan natin ang mga nakakatanda, kaya naman nakakatuwa po na naisabatas na po ang pagbibigay ng dagdag na pensyon sa ating mga senior citizens,” he added.
Republic Act No. 11916, which was principally authored and sponsored by Senator Joel Villanueva, amends RA 7432 to increase the monthly pension allowance of senior citizens from PhP500 to PhP1,000. The said increase aims to support their basic necessities and medical needs.
Under the law, the monthly stipend shall be released to qualified beneficiaries in the form of cash, direct remittance, electronic transfer, or other modes of delivery, whichever is more convenient to the beneficiary.
Furthermore, transaction or service fees upon release of the allowances to target beneficiaries shall be waived.
Subject to the approval of the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will likewise be tasked to assess, and when necessary, increase the amount of social pension every two years after its enactment into law.
Meanwhile, the implementation, distribution and management of the social pension shall be transferred from the DSWD to the National Commission on Senior Citizens.
“Palagi po natin unahin ang kapakanan ng ating mga mahihirap lalo na po ang mga nakakatanda. Malapit po kami ni dating pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte sa mga senior citizens, kaya alam po natin kung gaano kahalaga na mabigyan sila ng suporta at atensyon,” emphasized Go.
“Ako naman po, asahan niyo po na patuloy ko pong uunahin ang kapakanan ng ating mga nangangailangan tulad ng senior citizens. Kaya naman po patuloy din po akong susuporta sa mga programa para sa ikabubuti ng buhay ng ating mga nakakatanda,” he vowed.
In keeping with his pledge to promote the well-being of the elderly, Go has consistently urged them to get inoculated against COVID-19, encouraging them to set aside their hesitations and seek protection against the virus.
Go, who was reelected as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also urged national and local authorities to step up their vaccination efforts, work closely with the elderly, and if feasible, immunize them in their own homes.
The senator also advised the older people to be particularly careful and to keep adhering to the required health protocols against the virus since they are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
“Patuloy lang po ang ating pagbabayanihan. Huwag po kayong mag-alala dahil hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyerno. Kinakailangan lang namin ang inyong patuloy na kooperasyon upang malagpasan ang krisis na ating kinakaharap,” concluded Go.