Some 957 bedridden senior citizens from two congressional districts were given P4.5 million in social pension by the provincial government in a gathering attheBren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Monday, March 20.
The distribution was led by Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, Board Members Paul Balingit, Rosve Henson and PDRRMO Angelina Blanco.
The representatives of the beneficiaries who came from 3rd and 4th districts received P3,000 each and two boxes ofPrime powdered milk that cost P1, 744.93.
Governor Pineda thanked the representatives and caregivers for their continuing care for the elderly,as she assured them of the Capitol’s support.
Elizabeth Baybayan, provincial social welfare development officer,announced the other benefits of the senior citizens like the mandatory Philhealth coverage for 60 years old and above, stipulated in Republic Act 10645 and Republic Act 9994 known as the Expanded Senior CitizensAct of 2010 providing the elderly20% discount on medicine and 12% VAT exemption plus burial assistance.
To lessen the burden of the elderly representativesin going to Land Bank, the governor invited Ferdinand Cruz, manager of Land Bank Pampanga for the outright encashment of the check inside the BZGCC.