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“Pensyon para kay lola at lolo, hindi kulong para kay apo”
This was the call of a panel of youth and children’s rights advocates and senior citizens groups in a press conference on Monday, supporting the bill to provide universal social pension for senior citizens.
Akbayan Partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson, the Coalition for the Services of the Elderly (COSE), and several other groups urged congress to prioritize support of Senate Bill No. 2138, or the “Lingap Para kay Lolo at Lola Act” filed by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, instead of lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility.
“Imbes na ibaba ang minimum age of criminal responsibility sa bansa, ang dapat atupagin ng kongreso ay itaas ang benepisyo ng ating mga senior citizens sa pamamagitan ng isang universal social pension fund,” Gio Tingson, who was formerly the National Youth Commission chair, said.
If passed into law, the bill seeks to create a social pension system which grants a monthly stipend to all senior citizens, unlike the current means-based system where only those considered as indigent senior citizens can receive government assistance.