Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) is the additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.
The program started in 2011 through Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The target beneficiaries of the program are the frail, sickly or with disability; with no regular income or support from family and relatives, and without pension from private or government institutions.
From 2011 to 2014, only 77 years -old and above were included in the program, but in 2015 the age requirement expanded by covering those who are 65 years and older. This 2016, 60 years old and above indigent senior citizens can avail the program.
Senior citizens who are not yet beneficiary but qualified within the eligibility criteria can apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, or the DSWD Regional Office. The Senior Citizen or his/her representative should bring his/her OSCA ID and Birth Certificate or any document that could prove his/her date of birth. The potential social pensioner will be subjected to an assessment based on the mentioned criteria.
- To improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens
- To augment capacity of indigent senior citizens to meet their daily subsistence and medical requirements
- To reduce incidence of hunger among indigent senior citizens; and
- To protect indigent senior citizens from neglect, abuse, or deprivation
The Social Pension for indigent senior citizens is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) thru its (17) Field Offices in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGU). The City/ Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/MSWDO) and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) serves as the key partners in the program implementation.