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Only 20% of seniors covered by pension

Only 20 percent of the 7.6 million senior citizens in the country are covered by either the Government Service Insurance System or Social Security System , the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarOct 24th, 2020

DOF widens pension coverage for indigent seniors

The government has widened the coverage of its social pension program for indigent senior citizens by lowering the minimum age requirement to be covered by the benefits, the Department of Finance (DOF) said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 16th, 2016

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Always About the People

“Solid!” That was the only reaction, or lack thereof, that I could muster after that first breakaway slam of Kiefer Ravena’s UAAP collegiate basketball career over the outstretched arms of UST’s foreign center, Karim Abdul. Moments before, you could see Kiefer was going to go hard, as it was a one-on-one breakaway and he had the speed advantage over Abdul, who was hot on his heels. Little did I know that he was going to go for that highlight that would announce his entry into college basketball. That reaction, that loss for words, can pretty much sum up my past 10 years of covering college basketball for ABS-CBN Sports.  They first asked me to write about my most memorable UAAP game coverage; but I must confess, I was never really good at remembering exact details of games, unlike some of my fellow sportscasters, or even coaches I know, who remember almost detail for detail, or play by play. My memories come in highlights, or sometimes even just flashes of good or memorable plays.  I remember a 6’8”, 18-year old Ben Mbala, whom we first saw a glimpse of while Anton Roxas and I were covering the CESAFI league in the hot and humid Cebu Coliseum, sometime around 2012. He was playing for the Southwestern University Cobras, wasn’t as built and polished as when he was with DLSU, but you could already see the raw talent and athleticism. Fast forward a few years, I remember well how he took the UAAP by storm, with his monster dunks, and how he piloted La Salle to a championship while winning league MVP in Season 79.  I remember the heralded rookie season of Kiefer Ravena in the men’s division, after a storied juniors career. Kiefer won Rookie of the Year honors and helped lead Ateneo to two more titles to round up their 5-peat, before it was Jeron Teng’s turn to lead the Green Archers to a championship over his elder brother Jeric and the UST Growling Tigers.  I remember Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and his back-to-back MVP seasons. He was arguably the most complete college player during that time. It was painful to see his team fall short especially during his second MVP year. The Bulldogs made history the year after though, with Alfred Aroga, Troy Rosario, and Gelo Alolino now at the helm, winning the school’s first ever championship after more than forty years. I would argue that the past decade saw some of the brightest UAAP college basketball stars, both local and foreign, take to the hard court. It would almost be unfair to start naming them because I’ll surely end up leaving some names worthy enough to be mentioned. But we all remember Greg Slaughter, Ryan Buenafe, RR Garcia, Terence Romeo, Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, Roi Sumang, Charles Mamie, Alex Nuyles, Jericho Cruz, Papi Sarr, Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Aljun Melecio, Kiefer and Thirdy, Bobby Ray, Alfred Aroga, Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abul, Jeric Teng, Ange Kuoame, Matt and Mike Nieto, Paul Desiderio, Juan GDL, and the list goes on and on… all of them making their mark in the UAAP the past ten years. Aside from the highlights, there were the more mundane, behind-the-scenes memories, especially covering out-of-town games when we used to do the CESAFI and the PCCL. That was basketball coverage at its purest. There was a time we traveled to Lanao Del Sur to cover the Mindanao regional selection of the PCCL. Lanao was about another two to three hour drive from Cagayan de Oro along a dark highway with trees and mountains all around; and where there was only one mall in the entire town. Or when we traveled by van to La Union to cover the north regional selection of the PCCL… or even staying a whole week at the Cebu Grand Hotel, for the VisMin regional selection. Coverages then were bare bones: no real-time stats or live graphics, and I would even sometimes have to tally the points and rebounds of each player in-game on my notebook just so that I’d have some semblance of stats to mention on the coverage. Still, those games were so much fun because the players, getting their first shot at national TV coverage, would leave everything out on the floor.  In a year or so, both the UAAP and the NCAA will announce their respective new homes, and new broadcast teams will have the privilege of covering the best collegiate basketball players in the country. That’s how the ball bounces. I’m a firm believer that in life there are seasons, and a perfect time for everything. I’m just thankful for the opportunities thrown my way. If you were to ask me why the coverage of the UAAP helped build the league into what it is today, my answer would be simple: it was always about the people. At the end of the day, what makes the UAAP and its coverage great are the stories of the people that play, coach, officiate, cover, and run the games. It’s not really about the championships or the awards, but rather the challenges, hardships, and journeys of each of the individuals that brought them there.  And it is also about the directors, producers, cameramen, reporters and make-up artists that make sure that the audience sees what is supposed to be seen – the winning basket, a fan’s priceless reaction, the agony in defeat, and the glory of victory. It’s what Boom Gonzalez or Mico Halili would always say, that our job as anchors and analysts is to tell the people watching at home the story of what is happening in the game in the best way possible.  I just want to tip my hat to all the people that allowed us to do our jobs the best way possible. From our directors, producers, cameramen, floor directors, fellow panelists, courtside reporters, league officials, statisticians, make-up artists, and all those people behind the scenes whom we worked with, know that we were able to give our best because of you; and the UAAP coverage will not be what it is if not for all of your hard work and dedication.  It was, is, and will always be about the people. Marco Benitez was the team captain for the Ateneo Blue Eagles when they won the UAAP Season 65 men's seniors basketball title in 2002. Marco eventually covered collegiate basketball as analyst for ABS-CBN Sports starting in 2010. He is presently the President of the Philippine Women's University (PWU)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

DSWD-12 releases P1 billion for indigent senior citizens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released around P1.06 billion in cash assistance this year to indigent senior citizens in Region 12 (Soccsksargen). Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 director, said Tuesday the grants covered for the social pension from January to June and the unpaid […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Isko assures Manila seniors of monthly pension amid pandemic

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has assured the city’s senior citizens that they will receive their complete monthly pension that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

‘Only 2.9 million elderly receive pension’

Only 2.9 million of the total 8.7 million senior Filipino citizens are covered by the government financing institution’s pension system, either with the state-owned Government Service Insurance System or the Social Security System for private employees......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2019

New SSS law mandates compulsory coverage for OFWs

MAASIN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) -- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are now required under a new Social Security System (SSS) law to become members, or be covered by the state-run pension and retirement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

DSWD allots P2.3-B for WV seniors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) is allocating P2.3 billion this year for social pension program of the elderly in Western Visayas region......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Grant SSS pension hike, seniors appeal to Duterte - Visayan Daily Star

Grant SSS pension hike, seniors appeal to Duterte - Visayan Daily Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record

SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer   SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike. He proved that prediction wrong again on Wednesday. In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category -- created especially for the tireless veteran -- by riding 22.547 kilometers (14.010 miles) in one hour. 'I'm now waiting for a rival,' he said. Marchand had ridden faster in the past on the boards of the Velodrome National, a state of the art venue used to host the elite of track cycling. But he had warned before his latest attempt that his current form was not as good. 'I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,' Marchand said after his effort. 'Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I'm not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don't. My arms hurt, you have to hurt somewhere.' Three years ago at the same venue, Marchand covered 26.927 kilometers (16.731 miles) in one hour to better his own world record in the over-100s category. Still, impressed fans and chanted 'Robert, Robert' during the last minutes of his ride. Marchand received a standing ovation once he completed the last of his 92 laps and was then mobbed by dozens of cameramen and TV crews. 'He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment,' Marchand's physiologist, Veronique Billat, told The Associated Press. By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 54.526 kilometers (33.880 miles) set by British rider Bradley Wiggins in 2015. But Wiggins, who smashed the previous record using the world's leading track cycling equipment, is now retired. Marchand, who lives in a small flat in a Parisian suburb with a meager pension of about 900 euros ($940), keeps pedaling and stretching every day. As if time had no effect on him. 'He's got two essential qualities. A big heart that pumps a lot of blood, and he can reach high heart beat values that are exceptional for his age,' said Billat, a university professor. 'If he starts eating meat again and builds more muscle, he can better this mark.' Marchand, a former firefighter who was born in 1911 in the northern town of Amiens, has lived through two world wars. He led an eventful life that took him to Venezuela, where he worked as a truck driver near the end of the 1940s. He then moved to Canada and became a lumberjack for a while. Back in France in the 1960s, Marchand made a living through various jobs that left him with no time to practice sports. He finally took up his bike again when he was 68 years old and began a series of cycling feats. The diminutive Marchand — he is 1.52 meters (5-foot) tall and weighs 52 kilograms (115 pounds) — rode from Bordeaux to Paris, and Paris to Roubaix several times. He also cycled to Moscow from Paris in 1992 and set the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles). 'If the president of his teenage club who told him he was not made for cycling because he was too small could see him today, he would kick himself,' Marchand's coach and good friend Gerard Mistler told the AP. According to Mistler, the secret behind Marchand's longevity relates to his healthy lifestyle: eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, no smoking, just the occasional glass of wine and exercising on a daily basis. 'He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m., there's no other secret,' Mistler said. 'If had been doping, he would not be there anymore.' To stay fit, Marchand rides every day on his home trainer and puts himself through outdoor training sessions on the road when the weather is good enough. 'One needs to keep his muscles working,' said Marchand, a faithful reader of communist newspaper L'Humanite. 'Reading a lot keeps his mind alert,' Mistler said. 'He does not watch much TV, apart from the Tour de France stages.' At 105, Marchand is not making plans for the future. His coach would not be surprised to see him back on the boards, though. 'Setting goals for himself is part of his personality,' Mistler said. 'If he tells me he wants to improve his record, I'll be game. Robert is a great example for all of us.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

P2,000 monthly pension eyed for 'older' indigent seniors

P2,000 monthly pension eyed for 'older' indigent seniors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 11th, 2016

Mariwasa rolls out new product

Having problems with your tile applications? Don’t worry, Mariwasa has you covered......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

SSS okays pensioners& rsquo; 13th month pay

The Social Security System (SSS), through Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), has released its December pension and 13th-month bonus amounting to P23.1 billion to Philippine Electronic Fund Transfer System and Operations Network (PESONet) participating banks and other checkless disbursements channels to be credited to pensioners’ bank accounts starting December 1 but not later than December 4, 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

SSS needs P38 billion yearly to fund pension increase

State-run Social Security System will need to shell out about P38 billion in additional expenses a year to fund the proposed second tranche of P1,000 pension hike, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

Safety protocols in place for distribution of cash gift for Mandaue’s seniors

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Safety protocols will be strictly observed in the distribution of the second tranche of financial assistance for Mandaue City’s senior citizens from December 7 to 11, 2020. Just like the first tranche last April 2020, the cash gift, worth P4,000 will be delivered to the seniors’ homes as directed by Mayor […] The post Safety protocols in place for distribution of cash gift for Mandaue’s seniors appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

GSIS retains ISO certification amid pandemic

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System said Tuesday it maintained the  International Organization for Standardization  9001:2015 certification of its major  processes after the remote surveillance audit on Nov. 4......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Slovenian man hid mother s body and drew her pension

A 67-year-old Slovenian man hid his mother's dead body in her apartment for years while collecting her pension and claiming she was alive, police and media said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

& lsquo;Academic freedom& rsquo;

I was bemused by the way UP Diliman recently turned away a rally by parents concerned over NPA recruitment of their children. Evidently, those tax-paying parents aren’t covered by academic freedom, UP-style......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

In Photos: Gwen reopens tourism activities in Malapascua Island

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the reopening of tourism activities in Malapascua Island that is part of Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu on Sunday, November 22. She also inaugurated the new covered court in Barangay Logon, the new Philippine National Police (PNP) outpost on the island, and its multi-purpose hall during her […] The post In Photos: Gwen reopens tourism activities in Malapascua Island appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Mandaue seniors to get cash aid in December

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Senior citizens in Mandaue City will already be getting the last tranche of their 2020 cash assistance amounting to P4,000 from City Hall next month. In an advisory, the City Public Information Office said that the distribution of the seniors’ cash aid is scheduled starting on December 7. The distribution will […] The post Mandaue seniors to get cash aid in December appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020