THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-6 has already released a total of P240.4 million for the cash subsidy of 100,177 indigent senior citizens in Western Visayas under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program as of August 15, 2018.
DSWD 6 Regional Information Officer May Rago Castillo said each elderly received P2,400 or equivalent to P200 per month as their subsidy provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law to help them mitigate the possible adverse effect of the policy particularly on the rise on prices.
Castillo said the UCT cash subsidy is on top of the P500 which qualified senior citizen beneficiaries receive from the social pension program of the government every month.
Per DSWD 6 data, among the six provinces in the region, Iloilo has the most number of elderly who have benefited from the UCT program so far, reaching to 34,562, followed by Aklan with 18,115, Negros Occidental with 16,506, Antique with 14,483, Capiz with 12,598 and Guimaras with 3,913.
Castillo said pay-outs for the UCT grants are ongoing in other municipalities of the region in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines.
She encouraged the “Lolo and Lola” beneficiaries to be on alert on the schedule of the pay-outs in their municipalities by coordinating with their respective local government units for the schedule.
Aside from the three million poor elderly in the country, some 4.4 million beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and 2.6 million households from DSWD’s Listahanan will also benefit from the program which will be implemented for three years.
For 2019 and 2020, the subsidy will be increased to P300 per month or P3,600 every year. (PIA-Iloilo)