DSWD Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC): Requirements and Procedure

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Here in the Philippines, a lot of senior citizens rely on a monthly pension from different government organizations: SSS, GSIS, even other pensions that could sustain their daily needs. However, not all senior citizens are active in receiving a monthly pension. Why? Because some are unaware and not knowledgeable about this pension. While some are just plain ineligible to participate in the benefits. Since this is the case, the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD), took action in this dilemma by having the DSWD Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC).


This program started in 2011 given power by the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.  This R.A seeks to improve and expand the living conditions of eligible indigent senior citizens. Furthermore, this also serves to protect them from neglect and deprivation. The department said that they are targeting to provide monthly pension to 2.8 million senior citizens this year. This number doubled from last year’s statistics that showed around 1.3 million.

In relation to that, the allotted budget for this benefit this year is Php17,940,258,000.00. While last year’s budget was only around Php8,711,203,000.00.

In this article, we will tell you more about the SPISC; who are eligible to apply, what the requirements and procedure are, and how much seniors can get.

Who can apply for the SPISC?

  • A person who is 60 years or older;
  • Senior citizens who are ill, frail, or with disability;
  • With no regular income or support from family members and relatives; and
  • Without pension from private government institutions.

What are the requirements for this SPISC?

Senior citizens who are interested in the program are expected to submit the following:


  • Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) ID
  • (Not required but strong proof) 1 valid government ID
  • Birth Certificate or any proof that states the date of birth

Read: Getting a Senior Citizen’s ID in the Philippines

Once all of these are completed, qualified senior citizens may apply for the pension program at:

  • Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs
  • City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office
  • DSWD Regional Office

How much can qualified senior citizens get on a monthly basis?

The SPISC’s monthly assistance provides Php1, 500.00 quarterly (every 3 months) or Php500.00 per month. This would improve the budget for their daily needs including medical needs.

**As of February-March 2017**

According to the DSWD,  1,331,747 senior citizens or 96.79% of the target 1,375,970 beneficiaries for 2016 were able to receive their social pension as of January 31. The conduct of payout is still ongoing for the remaining 44,223 beneficiaries; some of these numbers might have received theirs but we do not have a definite number.

It is relevant for us to know these types of programs for the benefit of senior citizens. Although what the DSWD gives is not of a big amount, it can still change the way they live throughout each month with the help of SPISC.

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Source: Gov.ph, Rappler
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  1. Sirs, paki check nmn yung mga senior citizens sa barangay Acacia, Malabon CIty, nakatanggap sila 2months, ngayon 4mos ng nabibinbin ang kanilang pension. Mukhang naiipit sa barangay.. pls lang po. Salamat

  2. Bkit po ung nanay ko hanggang ngayon walang natatanggap na pension ng senior, nag 60 sya last year 2017 july pero hanggang ngaun walang nakukuha dto sa San Miguel Sto Tomas Batangas.

    • Suuuusssss… May ganyan ganyan pa kayong requirements, bakit niyo pag iinitan yung mga may nakukuha sa SSS eh pinaghirapan naman nila yon, gumagawa kayo ng ganyang panukala dahil gusto nyong may maibulsa, mga kupal talaga kayo

  3. Sir tanong ko lag po sana tulad. Ko may Sss po ako. Senior na po ako pero di pa. Nag pepension sa Sss kasi wala pa po ako. 65 pwede. Po ba ako maatanggap. Ng senior citizens pension? Thnks po

    • Sir/Ma’am,
      Hello po!
      Pwde po b mkpag-avail ung mother q 66 yrs. old n po xa dis year (Mar. 19, 1953 bdate po nia) ng pension jn sa Senior? May nare-received po xa pension pero gling po un sa SSS death pension ng father qng namatay, sna po mk-avail at mksama xa sa benefit program na yn pra sa mga senior. Kulang pa po kasi ang 3k n natatanggap nia monthly for medical assistance ska sa png-araw-araw na pngangailangan nia since may maintenance medicines na po xa sa sakit nia ngaun (Parkinsons Disease, 10 yrs suffering).
      Thank you po.

  4. Gud pm sir vakit dito sa lugar nsmin sa pasig city pag wala ka pa 65 years old wala pa binibigay na 500 monthly tulad ko 61 na ako jan.1957 dipa ako tumatanggap ng 500

  5. IM 65 YEARS OLD NA PERO WALA PA PO AKONG NATATANGGAP NA GANYAN AKO PO AY TIGA SANTA CRUZ LAGUNA… GOD BLESS PO…

  6. Dito po xa Bacolod city hindi p cla tumatanggap nang 60yrs sabi nila 80 daw…paano naman kmi eh may sakit nman kaming iniinda,maraming gamot n bibilhin wla p akong sss pensyon wla kming regular n income

  7. Wala po ako kahit na anong pension 73 napo sa akin pa asa isang anak ko babae may isang anak walang asawa

  8. Bakit po di naisali ung nanay at tatay ko,,from calinog iloilo..kailangan p daw nila mag antay ng slot,,na kung may mmatay na member tsaka cla mkapasok.

  9. My mother was 84years old na pero pinipili lng nila ang bibigysn dito sa wawa ilaya lemery Batangas…

  10. Ung nanay q po 88 na pro ni singko walang natatanggap na benifit from city govt off from San Mateo Rizal????

  11. Dabi ng DSWD un may sss d nila binibigyan e 2,400 kulang na kulang pa pambili ng gamot e un mga mayayaman may pension mwron 7k nakukuha sa sss pero may social pension kasi malakas at kakilala ng barangay sana po imbistigahan nyo mga binibigyan nyo nanay ko namatay 90 kahit singko wala nakuha sa govt.kasi may sss daw po 3,500.00pensipn sa sss revice nyo mga binigyan nyo ng pension,kahit sa 4p’s kun sino un may kaya meron un mga dapat wala marami corrupt saDSWD

    • Kung tutuusin ung sss pension ng isang pensioner un ay hinulugan nilapara nga pg datinv ng 60 my biyaya from sss or gsis bumabalik lng un habang buhay ang pensioner daoat meron din pension from the government verg unfair nman cla gasino nlng ang pension sa sss kulang pa sa gamot lalo na kung my maintenance magisip nman kauamelia

  12. Dito din poh sa Bohol pinipili lng poh nila mga tao kung sino yun mas malapit sa kanila..ang mga magulang ko poh 64 and 67 wlang natatangap..Bakit pareho lng poh cla senior citizen poh??

    • tama ka pakicheck po ang moto norte loon bohol ung nanay at tatay ko 76 and 83 wala ni singko nakuha dapat pag senior na walang pension
      kasama

  13. Bakit po hung nanay ko 69 na sya any sabi po Hindi saw pwedeng mag pensyon dahil Hindi sya sss member., to too po ba into ,kung Hindi naman po ano o any tamang gawin?

  14. Dapat pag 60yrs old automatic mka avail ng SR previllages wla ng exemption. Tama yanna hindi maiwasan ang palakasan dyan.
    Kawawa nman ang iba.
    Maraming comment nga na wlang nkatangap.
    Ano ba ito? Kailangan pa bang magalit ang Presidente bago maayos?
    Ako SR na rin wla rin notice na mka tanggap ako bhala na si Lord kung kailan.. May ID na rin ako sa SR benefits…
    Bka mas kailangan nila kaysa amin na matanda na.. Ok salamat.

  15. Samin dn dto s san miguel bulacan prang ndi ntutupad yan.Alam ko innounce ni president duterte yan eh.80 ptaas lang dw po nkktangap tas mkktangap pa may pension at may kaya.Ktulad mgulang ko wlng pension binbili lang unti unti pang maintenance n gamot.

  16. paano naman kami na tumatanggap sa sss ang binibigay lamang ng pension ng 2200.since then kulang pa sa gamot. pwede bang maka tangap since 2012.makakakuha ba ako. dito ako sa capas, Tarlac. m senior citizen is ako.

  17. My mother submitted an application 2x, until now wala cya narereceived. Sabi ng isang Senior Citizen na kapitbahay nya, di qualified ang mother ko dahil may anak na nagtatrabaho. So, hindi lahat ng senior na walang pension ay qualified. Kasi dapat NO financial support from the family, pero may mga nakakareceived ng Social Pension na anak ng mga empleyado ng OSCA. Siguro pinabayaan na nila ang magulang nila para maqualify sa pension. Nakakalungkot lang.
    #palakasan
    #pabayaanmunaangmagulang
    #parasa500

  18. Bkit PO ung tatay ko di pa PO xa nakakatanggap ..ehh 2yrs ago n kmi nag apply dto s brgy. Nmin ..disable n PO tatay ko..hanggang ngayon Wala p xa natatanggap kailangan Nia Rin kc pmbli ng needs nia like ng gamot..

  19. Wala man lang action ang DSWD dito.
    Gagasino na yung ibigay nila yan sa mga senior .
    Nag apply ang nanay ko na senior citizen ng ganyan ang sabi sa kanya hindi pa daw siya pede dahil hindi pa naman siya matandang matanda. Nasan ang hustisya ng batas sa pilipinas.

  20. Ung nanay q po cmula ng mag 60 ni singko duling ala natatanggap n 500 monthly kc dito s brgy.nmin pra pinipili lng nila nag bibigyan.

  21. Ang isang SENIOR CITIZEN may qualified as indigent even he/she is a pensioner of SSS, GSIS or under the care of thier children or relatives because the amount of their pension may not enough to cover thier personal needs like medicines, foods and other necessities for living. For those SC who are recieving pension over and above 10k monthly are not qualified for the program and for those SC whose families ware able and capable to give financial assistance to thier psrents or relatives are not qualified.

  22. Bakit po ang father ko 87 na po xa,nag ask po kmi sa munisipyo nmin if pwede po xa makakuha ng senior citizen.tinanong po ang ate ko if tumatanggap xa ng pension,sabi ng ate ko,oo meron xa pension.pero un po pension na un galing din po sa pinaghirapan ng father ko,un po ang SSS pension nya ng xa po eh nagwork bilang minero sa Bagiuo.bakit po hindi xa pwede makakuha ng senior citizen card?

  23. sa cabasan bacacay albay nga po maraming senior dun ang hindi nakakatanggap ng 500 monthly allowance.. lagi sinasabi ng dswd hindi pa dw narecord sa computer pero mron na silang mga senior id at booklet.. ung iba nsa 70’s na pro wla pa 500 monthly.. paki tulungan nmn cla..

  24. Tatay ko po 71yrold, may osca na po pero di pa rin daw qualified dahil di daw botante, eh hindi nmn sya pwede maglakad lakad at naka oxygen na sya at nakatengga na sa bahay dahil sa progressing copd nya since 2015. Talaga po bang kailangan botante ka?

  25. Bakit po yong father ko d raw qualified kasi d raw pwd na silang dalawa ng mother ko ang magiging senior pensioner.may senior id na nga po cya.daanbantayan cebu po yong province namin.

  26. nku dto saamin s san mateo rizal ndi lhat ng señior e bnibigyan nila pinipili lng nila at need muna mag bayad bago mkakuha ng ganyan pension kawawa matatanda dto..lalo n s tita q n labandera lng at wla ng pnag kukunan ng pagkakakitaan…sana maasyunan to

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