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Dapat adjusted sa inflation: Angara vows to raise seniors’ monthly pension to P1,000

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Doubling the social pension of at least 6 million indigent senior citizens will be a top priority of re-electionist Senator Sonny Angara, one of the authors of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Angara, who is running under the platform “Alagang Angara,” has been pushing for a bill that will double the social pension from the current P500 to P1,000 per month. The measure also seeks to expand the coverage to include beneficiaries who are not receiving any form of pension.

“By doubling the social pension for the poor elderly, we wish to accomplish three important goals: add another layer of safeguard to ensure that they are taken care of, close the pension coverage gap, and further recognize the efforts and contribution of our senior citizens,” said Angara.

“This will provide social protection to close to 6 million vulnerable senior citizens,” Angara added.

Of the 5.8 million senior citizens with no contributory pension, only 3.4 million are currently covered by the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This leaves 2.4 million elders with no pension at all.

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