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NCSC debunks P1K payouts for senior citizens

DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- The National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) has called on senior citizens in the country to be vigilant against fake news circulating on social media platforms concerning the social pensions for senior citizens.

“We are appealing to all senior citizens to be calm and be cautious doon sa mga naglaganap na mga fake news na mayroong Senior Citizen Commission na nagbibigay ng isang libo sa inyong lahat all across, fake news yun (about the fake news spreading, saying that there is Senior Citizen Commission giving P1,000 to all of you, that's fake news) ,” NCSC-Cluster 8 Project Development Officer Maria Victoria N. Arancon said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday, October 2.

Earlier this February, NCSC flagged a social media post stating that all senior citizens who register with the NCSC online registration system will receive P1,000 a month or P3,000 per quarter.

The post also indicated that the “office of the senior citizens” is no longer under the supervision of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) but under the NCSC.

Days after the fake news was flagged, NCSC Commissioner for Luzon Cluster Reymar Mansilungan issued a video statement via Facebook debunking the said misinformation and clarifying some important matters regarding the social pension for the senior citizens and the newly-established agency, the NCSC.

Mansilungan clarified that the social pension is only granted to eligible indigent senior citizens as assessed by the DSWD based on the guidelines stipulated in Republic Act No. 9994.

Maria Victoria N. Arancon, NCSC-Cluster 8 Project Development Officer, reminds the senior citizens in Davao region to be cautious against the fake news circulating online.

He clarified that the proposed monthly pension increase from P500 to P1,000 has not been implemented. He pointed out that Republic Act No. 11916, the law that facilitates this increase, will take effect after the budget is already submitted to Congress.

He emphasized that the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) is under the supervision of the local government units (LGU), not the NCSC or Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“It is not true that the OSCA will be transferred to the NCSC from the DSWD as alleged in the post because the law that created the NCSC, Republic Act No. 11350, did not contain any provision transferring the OSCA under the supervision of the NSCS," he explained.

Reymar Mansilungan, NCSC Commissioner for Luzon Cluster, clarifies the misinformation circulating on the internet that all senior citizens will receive a P1,000 monthly social pension.

He added, “the OSCA (was) never under the DSWD (in) the first place, the law on senior citizens, Republic Act No. 7432 as amended by RA No. 9257 and RA 9994, all provided that the OSCA shall be under the LGU; therefore, OSCA shall remain under the LGU.”

Mansilungan ended his video statement by urging all senior citizens and their families to be cautious of unofficial statements and information coming from unauthorized persons, especially on social media.

“Pakiusap naming na kapag hindi nanggaling sa official website ng NCSC; 

hindi official statement ng NCSC (We ask that if the information does not come from the official website of NCSC; it is not an official statement of NCSC),” he said. 

The National Commission on Senior Citizens was created under Republic Act  11350 or the National Commission of Senior Citizens Act, signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2019, andis mandated “to establish and maintain cooperation and consultations with local government units and national government agencies on all matters pertaining to the general welfare of senior citizens, formulate policies for the promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of senior citizens, and ensure the full implementation of laws, policies, and programs of the government pertaining to senior citizens.”

Meanwhile, in observance of the weeklong celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, the NCSC still conducts the online registration of all senior citizens in the country to establish a senior citizen information system.

This registry will serve as the basis for the program implementation and the creation of programs for the benefit and welfare of all senior citizens in the country.

As of October 4, there are already a total of 3,011,802 senior citizens registered in the agency’s online registration system.

Nevertheless, NCSC-Cluster 8 Project Development Officer Paulyn May Ponpon said that the NCSC collaborated with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs) to ensure that all senior citizens in the country will be registered, especially those in remote areas.

She added that in areas with Internet connection issues, they are distributing registration forms for the senior citizens to fill out before encoding them into the agency's online registration system.

The NCSC advised all senior citizens, with the assistance of their family members, to visit their official website to register. (ASO/PIA Davao)

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