LATEST PUBLICATIONS
PN 2022-02
How Can DSWD's Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens be Improved?
RPS 2022-01
How Does the Philippines Fare in Meeting the ASEAN Economic Community Vision 2025?
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1d
Surveying the Extent and Wage Consequences of Education-Job Mismatches in the Philippine Labor Market
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1c
Disentangling the Effects of Maternal Employment on Child Stunting in the Philippines

LATEST AV MATERIALS
PIDS WB 2021-1201
Analyzing the President's Budget for 2022
GIZ-FFS-2020-01
WASHaLOT 3.0: Production Process
GIZ-FFS-2021-03
WASHaLOT 3.0 Mass Production
GIZ-FFS-2021-02
Minimum Requirement Guidelines on WASH in Schools
Featured Publication

How Can DSWD's Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens be Improved?

Monje, Jennifer D.


Providing the indigent elderly with a monthly allowance is a good response to improving the plight of seniors among the poor and vulnerable. With the implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) Social Pension (SocPen) program in 2020, an additional 37.9 percent of the country's elderly population have been covered with a noncontributory pension. However, this Policy Note reveals some issues in the implementation of the program. Hence, some strategic policy actions are recommended to address them. It suggests that DSWD must strengthen its system monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and consider relinking the definition of indigency to levels of income of senior citizens. These strategies can reduce the possibility of the system being gamed and politicized. It also recommends standardizing the application process into three stages: (i) submitting application forms and other relevant documents, (ii) interviewing potential pensioners and independently determining the veracity of submitted data, and (iii) providing feedback to applicants. Lastly, it calls for the regular updating of the SocPen Operations Manual and conducting data analytics on the SocPen beneficiary database.


RPS 2022-01  How Does the Philippines Fare in Meeting the ASEAN Economic Community Vision 2025?
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1d  Surveying the Extent and Wage Consequences of Education-Job Mismatches in the Philippine Labor Market
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1c  Disentangling the Effects of Maternal Employment on Child Stunting in the Philippines
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1b  Sustainable Value Chain Financing for Smallholder Agricultural Production in the Philippines
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1a  Local Government Conditional Grants: The Seal of Good Local Governance and the Performance Challenge Fund
PJD 2022 Vol. 46 No. 1x  Philippine Journal of Development 2022, No. 1
eNL-2021-12  ILS e-Newsletter for December 2021
NEDA6 CP 2021  Infrastructure Attracts: The Case of Iloilo City's Cycling Infrastructure
DP 2022-01  Exploring Policies and Initiatives for Online Workers in the Philippines
NEDA 7 COVID-19 RRP 2020-2022  Central Visayas COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program 2020-2022
NEDA 7 RDP 2017-2022 Midterm  Central Visayas Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update
NEDA 7 RDRA 2017-2022  Central Visayas Regional Development Research Agenda 2017-2022