Raised social pensions ‘honor’ seniors

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said that increasing social pension to qualified senior citizens is a manifestation that the government is honoring the elderly’s contributions to the country.

This comes as the seniors’ P500 social pension monthly has been doubled to P1,000 following the passage of the Republic Act 11916 or the Social Pension for Indigent Seniors Act into law on 30 July.

“It is the obligation of the State to guarantee that all senior citizens in the country are living a dignified life. The passage of this law is a concrete way to honor the contributions of the elderly persons in our society,” the CHR’s statement read.

Meanwhile, CHR executive director Atty. Jacqueline de Guia cited that the value of the previous P500 worth of social pension for senior citizens has declined amid the prevailing health crisis and a sudden increase in basic commodities due to global inflation.

She added that the new law will lessen the daily burden on older people.

“The Commission of Human Rights celebrates this important legislative development that assures our elderly of their right to an adequate standard of living and participation,” De Guia said.

She also pointed out that easing the financial concerns of seniors will allow them to better enjoy their advanced years.

“This will help indigent older persons to better afford basic necessities and sustenance for their health and well-being amid inevitable economic changes,” said De Guia.

Aside from the usual cash distribution, the law stated that other payout options will be made available for beneficiaries’ convenience.

It added transaction fees will not be shouldered by the beneficiary.

With this, the CHR calls for an efficient, transparent, and swift execution of the law for immediate economic relief for all eligible beneficiaries.

“The Commission will also continue to work closely with related government offices in advocating for and monitoring the uninterrupted exercise of rights by the elderly,” said the CHR.

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