REP. RODOLFO “OMPONG” ORDANES
SENIOR CITIZEN Party-list
Chair, Committee on Senior Citizens
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CONGRESS WILL FIND WAYS TO FUND INCREASE IN INDIGENT SENIORS SOCIAL PENSION
Senior Citizen Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes assured the elderly this weekend that leaders of Congress see eye to eye on the necessity and imperative of funding the legislated increase in the indigent seniors’ social pension to P1,000 in the 2023 budget.
Ordanes said “Congress will find ways to fund Republic Act 11916. We simply have to let the budget process run its course as it has in the House and is ongoing now at the Senate.”
“The Senators are well aware of RA 11916 and its urgency. The House leadership also has a high awareness of the new law for indigent seniors,” he added.
Ordanes asserted: “There is no uncertainty in RA 11916 happening in 2023 because the detailed behind-the-scenes work continues. The best timing would be during the bicameral conference on the 2023 proposed budget.”
The chairman of the House special committee on senior citizen affairs said, “there is no let up in our hard work to champion the welfare of seniors, especially the indigents. We are unrelenting.”
For 4.085 million indigent seniors in 2023, the DSWD said during the budget hearings that P25,768,665,000 is needed to implement a P500 increase in seniors’ social pension pursuant to RA 11916. (END)