By Prince Golez
The government’s coronavirus task force has mandated pension-issuing agencies and their servicing banks and other financial institutions to adopt alternative modes of validation for senior citizen pensioners.
In an interview over PTV-4 Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said seniors are no longer required to be personally present when they receive their pension.
At present, senior citizens need to submit documents that require personal appearances before a notary public to have continuous access to their pensions.
Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases directed concerned agencies to issue the corresponding memorandum circulars for its implementation by March 1.
“Alam naman natin na tayo ngayon ay nasa gitna ng pandemiya at ang mga seniors ay isa sa high-risk at vulnerable sa Covid-19.
“Para matiyak ang kanilang kalusugan at kaligtasan, inaprubahan ng resolusyon na ito na hindi na sila kinakailangan na magkaroon ng personal appearance sa mga bangko at iba pang institusyon para makuha lamang ang kanilang mga pensyon,” he also said.