In support of the RA 9257 (The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003) and the RA 9994 (Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010), the Department of Health issued Administrative Orders for health implementors to undertake and promote the health and wellness of senior citizens as well as to alleviate the conditions of older persons who are encountering degenerative diseases.
With the goal of Health and Wellness Program for Senior Citizen of promoting quality of life among older persons and contribute to the nation building, the HWPSC intends to provide the following:
- focused service delivery packages and integrated continuum of quality care,
- patient-centered and environment standard to ensure safety and accessibility for senior citizens,
- equitable health financing,
- capacitated health providers in the implementation of health programs for senior citizens,
- data base management, and
- strengthened coordination and collaboration with other stakeholders involved in the implementation of programs for senior citizens.
In the current Philippine Health Agenda (2017 - 2022), guarantees that centralize health services for care in all life stages, service delivery networks, and financial risk protection, geriatric health is mentioned as an area of concern. All senior citizens are mandatorily covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation by virtue of Republic Act No. 10642 “An act granting mandatory national health insurance program of PhilHealth for all senior citizens”.
A country where all Filipino senior citizens are able to live an improved quality of life through a healthy and productive aging.
Implementation of a well-designed program that shall promote the health and wellness of senior citizens and improve their quality of life in partnership with other stakeholders and sectors.
- To ensure better health for senior citizens through the provision of focused service delivery packages and integrated continuum of quality care in various settings.
- To develop patient-centered and environment standards to ensure safety and accessibility of all health facilities for the senior citizens.
- To achieve equitable health financing to develop, implement, sustain, monitor and continuously improve quality health programs accessible to senior citizens.
- To enhance the capacity of health providers and other stakeholders including senior citizens group in the implementation of health programs for senior citizens.
- To establish and maintain a database management system and conduct researches in the development of evidence-based policies for senior citizens.
- To strengthen coordination and collaboration among government agencies, non-government organizations, partner agencies and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of programs for senior citizens.
- The Policy, Standards and Regulation component shall develop a unified patient-centered and supportive environment standards to ensure safety and accessibility of senior citizens to all health facilities and to promote healthy ageing in order to prevent functional decline among senior citizens.
- The Health Financing component shall promote health financing schemes and other funding support in all concerned government agencies and private stakeholders to provide programs that are accessible to senior citizens.
- The Service Delivery component shall ensure access of senior citizens to essential geriatric health services including preventive, promotive, treatment, and rehabilitation services from the national to the local level.
- The Human Resources for Health component shall capacitate the health care providers in both national and local government to be able to effectively provide technical assistance and implement the program for senior citizens.
- The Health Information component shall establish an information management system and maintain a repository of data.
- The Governance for Health component shall coordinate and collaborate with the local government units and other stakeholders to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of health services at the hospital and community level.
- Department of Geriatric Services (formerly known as the National Center for Geriatric Health) of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
- Institute for Aging of UP Manila
- Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Coalition of Services of the Elderly
- Association of Department of Health Retired Employees
Policies and Laws
- Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging
- Regional Framework for Action on Aging and health in the Western Pacific 2014-2019
- The 1987 Philippine Constitution
- Aquino Health Agenda
- Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens (2012-2016)
- Republic Act No. 9257 – “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens amending for the purpose of Republic Act no. 7432, otherwise known as “An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant benefits and Special Privileges and for Other Purposes”
- Republic Act No. 9994 – “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens, Further Amending Republic Act no. 7432”
Strategies, action Points and Timeline
- Participatory Governance for health through the life course
- Strengthened Service Delivery for older populations
- Advocacy and Promotion of healthy aging
- Evidence-based Decision Making
Program Accomplishments/ Status
- Provision of influenza and pneumococcal vaccine
- Wellness camp for senior citizens
- Elderly Filipino week (Walk for Life) Celebration
Calendar of Activities
Presidential Proclamation No. 470, series of 1994 declares the First Week of October of every year as Elderly Filipino Week (Linggong Katandaang Pilipino) Celebration
- According to the World Health Organization, populations around the world are aging rapidly. From 2000 to 2050, the proportion of the world’s population aged 60 years and above will double from about 11% to 22%. The absolute number of people aged 60 years or over is projected to increase from 900 million in 2015 to 1400 million by 2030 and 2100 million by 2050.
- Based on the recent population estimate of the University of the Philippines Population Institute, Diliman, Quezon City, senior citizen aged 60 and over is about 7,548,769 or 7.5% of the 2017 Philippine population. CALABARZON has the highest number, followed by the NCR and Region 3, while ARMM is recorded to have the least populated region. This report is 0.7% higher than in 2010 (6.8 percent).
Minerva O. Vinluan, MD, MSc CHHM
Women and Men’s Health Development Division
Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, Department of Health
Weekdays, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM @ 0063 02 651 7800, loc. 1726 or 1729
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Updated: Ocotber 19, 2018