Sara bats for pension for senior citizens

February 20, 2022 Jester P. Manalastas 128 views

VICE presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is proposing to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to explore possibilities of giving pension to all senior citizens.

Mayor Sara made this pitch during her campaign visit to Zambales wherein local residents welcomed her.

“Kailangan po natin kausapin ang DSWD at ipa-intindi sa kanila na kailangan nating ulitin ang sistema ng pagbibigay ng pensyon para lahat ng ating mga senior citizens ay nabibigyan ng tulong galing sa DSWD,” Sara said before a 3,000-senior citizen crowd in Barangay Aningway Sacatihan in Subic.

According to Mayor Sara, said the senior citizens’ pension has been a common challenge among local government units, including Davao City.

“Ganon din po sa amin. Nagka-problema po kami dahil ang pension po na binibigay ng DSWD minsan hindi dumadating. Pangalawa, hindi nabibigyan lahat dahil pinipili nila yung bibigyan.

Hindi nila sinasali yung mga merong SSS at GSIS,” she added.

Sara added that she has already discussed the matter with DSWD.

The mayor revealed that the Davao City government has already intervened to resolve the issue by creating an ordinance providing fair pension benefits to them since they cannot overrule a national law.

“Ang ginawa po namin temporarily doon sa Davao City, para lang po mabigyan lahat at pantay-pantay po ang estado ng senior citizens, gumawa po kami ng local pension,” she said.

Lucita Enalobo, 81 and a resident of Barangay Calapandayan, expressed her happiness over Duterte’s understanding of their plight.

“Masaya kami dahil magkakaroon na ng pension lahat at pantay-pantay,” Enabolo said.

Enablobo has been a pensioner since 2001, but she admits the P2,000 monthly financial support is not enough for her monthly needs. She has been under medication for high blood pressure, and has been recently diagnosed with a kidney problem.

Duterte, since the start of her campaign, has been highlighting her advocacy for equality among Filipinos. She is in Zambales for the 20th day of the Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride (MNPR).

Earlier this morning, she met with the officials of the province led by Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and Vice Governor Jay Khonghun along with all the 13 town mayors and vice mayors.