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The Anti Crime Terroism Community Involvement Support Partylist is pushing for an increase in the cash assistance for persons with disabilities (PWD) and senior citizens in the country.
Currently, indigent senior citizens and PWDs receive only P500 in monthly assistance.
The budget comes from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and is distributed to seniors and PWDs.
“Madami pong mga PWD at senior ang lumalapit sa amin para lang sabihin na kulang na kulang ang P500 para pambili nila ng pagkain o maintenance kada buwan,” said ACT-CIS nominee Edvic Yap.
“Pagbalik namin sa kongreso ito ang mga unang panukalang batas na aatupagin ng aming mga kasamahan,” he added.
Yap also pledged to ask the congressional Committee on Appropriations to increase DSWD funding next year for the assistance of seniors and PWDs.
Contributed by Jocel Laysa