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     The proportion of older persons is expected to rise worldwide.  In the 1998 World Health Report, there were 390 million older people and this figure is expected to increase further (WHO).  This growth will certainly pose a challenge to country governments, particularly to the developing countries, in caring for their aging population.  In the Philippines, the population of 60 years or older was 3.7 million in 1995 or 5.4% of total population.  In the CY 2000 census, this has increased to about 4.8 million or almost 6% (NSCB). At present there are 7M senior citizens (6.9% of the total population), 1.3M of which are indigents.
       With the rise of the aging population is the increase in the demand for health services by the elderly.  A study done by Racelis et al (2003) on the share of health expenditure of Filipino elderly on the National Health Account, the elderly are “relatively heavy consumers of personal health care (22%) and relatively light consumers of public health care (5%).” From out-of-pocket costs, the aged are heavy users of care provided by medical centers, hospitals, non-hospital health facilities and traditional care facilities.
       Cognizant of the growing concerns of the older population, laws and policies were developed which would provide them with enabling mechanisms for them to have quality life.  RA 9257 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003 (predecessor of RA 9994) provided for the expansion of coverage of benefits and privileges that the elderly may acquire, including medically necessary services.  Parallel to this objective is the Department’s desire to provide affordable and quality health services to the marginalized population, especially the elderly, without impeding currently pursued objectives and alongside health systems reform.
     One of the provisions of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens act of 2010 is for the DOH to administer free vaccination against the influenza virus and pneumococcal diseases for indigent senior citizens. The DOH in coordination with local government units (LGUs), NGOs and POs for senior citizens shall institute a national health program and shall provide an integrated health service for senior citizens. It shall train community – based health workers among senior citizen’s health personnel to specialize in the geriatric care and health problems of senior citizens.
     Cognizant of its mandate and crucial role, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) formulated the Health Care Program for Older Persons (HCPOP) in 1998. The DOH HCPOP (presently renamed Health Development Program for Older Persons) sets the policies, standards and guidelines for local governments to implement the program in collaboration with other government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector.
 
 
VISION
Healthy ageing for all Filipinos.
 
 
 
MISSION
 
 
 
OBJECTIVES
 
 
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
 
 
 
TARGET POPULATION/CLIENT
 
  • Older persons (60 years and above) who are:
  • Well and free from symptoms
  • Sick and frail
  • Chronically ill and cognitively impaired
  • In need of rehabilitation services
  • Health workers and caregivers
  • LGU and partner agencies
  
 
AREA OF COVERAGE
 
 
 
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
 
 
 
POLICIES AND LAWS
 
 
 
STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS, AND TIMELINE 
  1.  Creation of a National Technical Working Group on the Health and Well-being of Older Persons  
    DPO. No. 2011- 3578 dated June 29, 2011 Chaired by NCDPC- Director
  2.  Planning Meeting for the Senior Citizens Immunization Program
  3. Consultative Planning and Finalization of Immunization Guidelines for Indigent Senior Citizens
  4. Provision of Pneumococcal and Flu Vaccines to Indigent Senior Citizens aged 60 years old and above using the NHTS of the DSWD including GO – NGO shelter homes in 2011
  5. Conduct annual “Summer Camp ni Lolo at Lola “ 
  6. Support the annual “Walk for Life” for the elderly every October
 
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS
  1. The total influenza vaccines delivered for the CY 2015 were 4, 855 and for pneumococcal, no vaccines available.
  2. Orientation of SC Officers on the Senior Citizens Program – dovetail to other activities
  3. Senior Citizens Month Celebration – October 2015
   SENIOR CITIZEN POPULATION 
   
senior citizen population
 
SENIOR CITIZEN POPULATION
(Enrolled to PhilHealth)
 
2015
2016
2017
(as of March 2017)
Zamboanga City
35,804
37,507
728
Zamboanga del Sur
21,136
26,812
791
Zamboanga del Norte
23,475
35,805
1,238
Zamboanga Sibugay
22,428
24,797
416
 
 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
STATISTICS
 
 
 
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