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REACH holds first outreach event for PGP

The government's engagement unit held its first outreach event on the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: The government's engagement unit held its first outreach event on the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) on Thursday.

Staff from REACH and volunteers from Viriya Community Services were at Waterloo Street near the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple to explain details of the package to the elderly, as well as to gather feedback.

REACH Chairman Amy Khor said that although the government has used several platforms to explain details of the package it is also useful to "go to places the elderly frequent" and engage them on a "very personal basis".

Seniors who qualify for the Pioneer Generation Package have begun receiving letters informing them of their eligibility since June 16.

But Dr Khor said from the feedback REACH has obtained, it appears that some seniors are still not aware of the scheme's benefits.

She added: "They welcome the fact that the package helps them with healthcare costs for life. But again, I think the issue would be some of them may not be clear about the details, again they ask about when they will receive the benefits -- is it for life."

Mdm Christina Lim, a volunteer from Viriya Community Services, said platforms such as this are useful in engaging elderly Singaporeans.

"Singapore has got a lot of elderly Chinese who do not speak English or speak very little Mandarin, so they feel more comfortable if you can speak dialect to them," she said.

Dr Khor, who is also the Senior Minister of State for Health, said REACH has plans for more of such sessions in other places -- such as where the Malay or Tamil communities frequent, for example.

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