SSS pension hike still waiting for Duterte’s signature


The increase in the monthly pension of senior citizens from P500 to at least P1,000 has not been yet signed into law by outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte.


This is contrary to a Tiktok video posted by user bahogete on June 25. It contains a text overlay that reads:


NAGSIMULA NA ANG PAYOUT! P1,000 SSS PENSION INCREASE FOR ALL SENIORS. THANK YOU. MALAKING TULONG NA ITO SA MGA SENIORS.

The video uses an audio from a newscast in 2015 about the approval of the congress of the Housebill 5842 or the P2,000 across-the-board increase for Social Security System (SSS) pensioners.


The post’s caption also mistakenly thanked incoming President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the supposed increase.


NAGSIMULA NA ANG PAYOUT! ₽1000 SSS PENSION INCREASE FOR ALL SENIORS. #pension #seniors #philippines #bbm #uniteam #fy #fyp #foryou #foryoupageofficiall #foryoupage #bahogete #share #trend #breakingnews MALAKING TULONG NADIN TO SA MGA SENIORS. ❤️❤️ Maraming Salamat PBBM. SAna marami pang AYUDA ang maisabatas sa susunod na BUWAN. 😁

PBBM stands for President Bongbong Marcos, who will be inaugurated on June 30.


Both the Senate and the House recently approved the bill seeking to increase the monthly pension of indigent senior citizens to not less than P1,000 and mandating the National Commission on Senior Citizens to provide guidelines on social safety nets and waive service fees.


But the reconciled version of Senate Bill 2506 and House Bill 9459 has not been signed by Duterte, whose term ends on June 30.


In a report last June 21, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said 182 bills passed by both the houses of Congress were awaiting Duterte’s approval.


As of writing, the video has gained more than 1,300 views and 80 likes. (JL)