Senior Citizens and Local Products Benefit from Newly Signed Laws

Senior Citizens and Local Products Benefit from Newly Signed Laws

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently signed two laws aimed at uplifting the lives of senior citizens and promoting locally-made products.

Senior Citizens to Receive Increased Financial Aid

One of the signed laws, Republic Act No. 12018, amends the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2012. This legislation significantly increases the monthly social pension for indigent seniors, raising it from PHP 500 to PHP 1,000. Additionally, it expands the program’s coverage to encompass all senior citizens, regardless of their income status. This move is expected to provide much-needed financial assistance to a broader segment of the elderly population.


The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2012, initially enacted to provide support for Filipino seniors, plays a significant role in the recently amended legislation. This act previously established various benefits for senior citizens, including:

  • Discounts on basic necessities:┬áSeniors enjoy discounts on transportation, medicines, and utilities.
  • Free access to public parks and libraries: This allows seniors to enjoy recreational activities and pursue learning opportunities at no cost.
  • Priority access to government services: Senior citizens receive preferential treatment in queues for government services, ensuring faster and easier access to assistance.

The amendments to the act, signed by President Marcos, further strengthen these existing benefits and expand their reach.
The new laws show the government’s ongoing dedication to enhancing the lives of Filipino seniors. These measures recognize their contributions and aim to ensure they live with dignity and security.

“One Town, One Product” Law Boosts Local Economy

President Marcos also signed Republic Act No. 12021, also known as the “One Town, One Product” (OTOP) Law. This law officially establishes the OTOP program, which already existed as an initiative. The “One Town, One Product” program empowers Filipino MSMEs. It encourages each locality to identify a unique product or service. This allows them to leverage their strengths, potentially creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

These newly enacted laws, focusing on senior citizens and local products, demonstrate the Marcos administration’s commitment to improving the well-being of Filipinos and fostering economic development. The increased financial assistance for seniors is expected to alleviate financial burdens and improve their quality of life. Meanwhile, the OTOP program holds the potential to empower local businesses and stimulate economic growth at the grassroots level.

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