Colombia Mayor: Social Benefit for Elderly
Colombia Mayor is one of the significant social programs for senior citizens in Colombia that provides economic support to the homeless, pension-less, and extreme poverty-stricken elderly. The amount of economic aid for beneficiaries of the Colombia Mayor program is one hundred and sixty thousand pesos ($160,000). The Department of Social Prosperity provides this aid to increase protection for older adults.
According to the DPS, the payment for January and February 2023 will be available from March 16 to 31 in the main cities, and from March 17 in the rest of the municipalities across the country. The National Government has announced that the program will continue providing subsidies throughout the year to aid those who genuinely need it.
To be considered a beneficiary of Colombia Mayor, a Colombian national over 54 years for women and 59 years for men must have lived in the country for the last ten years and have insufficient income to cover basic subsistence expenses.
The elderly beneficiaries of the program can receive one hundred and sixty thousand pesos ($160,000) from networks of banks previously programmed by the Social Prosperity entity and municipal or district mayors’ offices. In Bogotá, the beneficiaries also receive an additional amount jointly paid by the district, along with the aforementioned subsidy.
Although the payment of subsidies was delayed this year due to the hiring process for its implementation, Carlos Chinchilla, the deputy director of Social Prosperity Programs and Projects, confirmed that payments have started and will continue until March 31.
Overall, the Colombia Mayor program is a fantastic initiative providing a social benefit for the elderly. It is an example of what can be achieved when the government prioritizes the welfare of its older citizens, creating a lasting impact on society.