Last updated: 29/2/2024

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To cater to the daily subsistence and health needs of senior citizens.

References
Department of Social Welfare and Development. n.d. Social Pension. Department of Social Welfare and Development website. <http://www.dswd.gov.ph/programs/social-pension/>.
Start date
2011
References
Pension Watch. n.d. Philippines. Pension Watch website. <http://www.pension-watch.net/country-fact-file/philippines/>. Accessed 18 May 2018.
Coverage
3,346,893 beneficiaries out of 4,085,066 target indigent senior citizens are served (2023)
Programme expenditure
(i) PHP 24,225,887,000 (1st Sem 2023 statistical bulletin, as of end June 2023) (ii) PHP 49.81B in proposed 2024 national budget
References
(i) PDPB. (2023). 1st Sem 2023 Statistical Bulletin, as of End June 2023. PDPB. https://pdpb.dswd.gov.ph/. Accessed on 13 September 2023. (ii) Department of Budget and Management. (2023). Social pension for indigent senior citizens doubles to P49.81B in proposed 2024 national budget. Available online at: https://www.dbm.gov.ph/index.php/management-2/202-social-pension-for-indigent-senior-citizens-doubles-to-p49-81b-in-proposed-2024-national-budget#:~:text=The%20Social%20Pension%20for%20Indigent%20Seniors%20Act%20(RA%2011916)%2C,sector%2C%20which%20will%20get%20P2. Accessed on 11 October 2023.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
Elderly beneficiaries are selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), known also as Listahanan, and the list of identified senior citizens is then validated at the local level. However, Local Government Units (LGU) also accept applications at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) for the benefit. Potential beneficiaries are those aged 60 and older who are sick, frail or with disability, without pension from insurance companies, and no permanent source of income or regular support from his/her relatives.
References
DSWD (2023): Social Pension Program For Indigent Senior Citizens. Department of Social Welfare and Development. Available online at https://car.dswd.gov.ph/programs-services/protective-services-program/social-pension-program-for-indigent-senior-citizens/, accessed on 9/14/2023. Pension Watch. n.d. Philippines. Pension Watch website. <http://www.pension-watch.net/country-fact-file/philippines/>. Accessed 18 May 2018. Knox-Vydmanov, C., D. Horn, A. Sevilla. 2016. The Philippine Social Pension at Four Years: Insights and Recommendations. Coalition of Services of the Elderly. <http://www.pension-watch.net/knowledge-centre/?guid=56e1afa585a5e&order=n>. Accessed 18 May 2018. Personal communication.

Coverage and other information

Benefit delivery mechanism
Payments are made by DSDW or Local Government Units (LGU), or via door-to-door delivery
References
Department of Social Welfare and Development. n.d. Social Pension Para Sa Mga Maralitang Senior Citizen. Department of Social Welfare and Development website. <http://www.dswd.gov.ph/download/resource_materials/resource_materials_senior_citizen/info-socpen-for-soc-media-tagalog_3.jpg>. Accessed 18 May 2018.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves. In case they are unable to collect the benefits for health or safety reasons, money remittance services can be used
References
Republic of the Philippines. 2018. ‘National Expenditure Program’, Republic of the Philippines. https://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/NEP2018/NEP%202018-VOLUME%20III.pdf. Accessed 18 May 2018.