- Photo of an old lady carried by her daughter for SSS annual confirmation of pensioners went viral
- They don't have enough money to buy a wheelchair for the old lady
- Netizens were truly heartbroken over the said photo
The Social Security System (SSS) pensioners are required to undergo yearly verification.
However, Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program or ACOP makes it hard for caregivers and relatives of disabled and bedridden pensioners.
Just like the case of an old lady being carried by her daughter for the annual confirmation of SSS pensioners, which was reported by Definitely Filipino.
The name of the old lady is Estella Sarmiento, 82 years old, from Cavite.
A concerned fellow jeepney passenger, Jarra Cortez Garcia, took a photo of Nanay Estella and her daughter and shared it on social media.
Read some of the comments from netizens below:
"Every year pinagrereport ng sss mga pensioner nila sa kanilang office..maybe to ensure na buhay pa sila..natanong ko nga sa sarili ko paano kapag di na pwedeng magbyahe ng pensioner..di ba pwedeng sss ang gumawa ng way para ma access sila..grabe kawawa ang mga senior citizen natin..hayyzz.."
"Naexperienced k rin yan ng mamatay tatay ko need p dw ppuntahin lola ko n 80yrs old na...kala sguro d ko alam n pwd nman slang mgpapunta ng representative na pwd mg mg ci s lola ko. At un angbgnawa nla. Panu pla kng bed ridden na need m pa dalhin pati kama nia...tsk tsk onli in the phils tlaga"
"Tutuo po un, kpatid ku man na 12 yrs ng bed ridden dnadala pa sa sss para lng mai update ata o mlatunayamg buhay pa..dna maibaluktot ang paa hirap na hirap ang pmilya pati kapatid ko, msakit na dw katawan nya pero kelangan..ngaun wala na kpatid ko..grabe, bkit d kaya empleyado nila o nkatataas sa kanila papuntahin sa bhay ng mga kliyente nila, masyadong phirap!!haaiissst..grabe, baguhin nyo na sana ganyang pamamalakad nyo, tutal gusto nyo makita o mpatunayan kung ano gusto nyong patunayan, ang masaklap sa tricycle nga lng sinasakay gano khirap sa kaptid ko un? D maibaluktot ang tuhod"
Apparently, SSS already changed their rules regarding ACOP, wherein disabled and bedridden pensioners doesn't have to present themselves physically.
But family members should be able to provide documents such as 'Certificate of Existence' from the Barangay Chairman, Medical Certificate, and sketch of residence.
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