SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
18 February 2020 08:14:37 PM
The House Special Committee on Senior Citizens chaired by Rep. Francisco Datol, Jr. (Party-list, Senior Citizens) on Tuesday created a technical working group (TWG) that will draw up a substitute bill for 26 measures seeking to raise the social pension of senior citizens being provided under R.A. 7432, as amended by R.A. 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The TWG will be headed by Rep. Ron Salo (Party-list, KABAYAN). Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta cited Section 4, Article 15 of the 1987 Constitution, which provides that the family has the duty to care for its elderly members, but the State may also do so through just programs of social security. Rep. Ramon Guico III (5th District, Pangasinan) shared his proposal to raise the monthly pension of senior citizens to P2,500.