17 February 2017 – Manila, Philippines.

SENIOR CITIZENS. The DSWD will be providing P500 social pension to 2.8 million senior citizens for 2017. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Over 2.8 million indigent senior citizens are expected to receive P500 under the social pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this year.

This year, P17.9 billion has been allocated for the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) – double the P8.7 billion budget last year. In effect, the DSWD’s target beneficiaries have also increased to 2.8 million from 1.3 million in 2016.

Read the full article at http://www.rappler.com/nation/161747-social-pension-senior-citizens-dswd