Care facilities, need for employment amid rising elderly population │ GMA News Online

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The Population and Development Commission (POPCOM) said on Wednesday that the country should consider creating programs for elderly Filipinos, creating care facilities for them and developing policies that would provide them with job opportunities. they want to work.

“What we need are programs to achieve active and healthy aging. Kasama rito ang mga community rehabilitation program. We also need geriatric care programs as we have an increasing number of elderly citizens,” POPCOM executive director Juan Antonio Perez said during the government’s public briefing that aired on public broadcaster PTV.

Of the 4,565,560 reported in 2000, people aged 60 and over in the Philippines now number 9,222,672, according to a POPCOM report. The commission expects the numbers to continue to rise from 2035 to 2040, reaching around 19 million, which is enough for the country’s population to be considered “ageing”.

“Eventually, kapag talagang dumadami na, let’s say beyond 10 million inhabitants, we must also develop programs for their care, either in bahay o institutions. This is something for the country to decide,” Perez added.

(At the end of the day, if the population over 60 exceeds 10 million, we must also develop programs for their care, at home or in institutions. This is something for the country to decide.)

Apart from that, Perez said, Congress should also discuss policies regarding the employment of older Filipinos.

He added that only 20% of the country’s elderly receive pensions, while most of them receive financial support from family and relatives.

“We also need to think about employment policies for seniors. So, do we need to raise the retirement age, which is something new in Kongreso, and also seek part-time work for older citizens? ” he added.

(Do we need to raise the retirement age, which can be discussed in Congress, and also seek part-time work for older citizens?)

Senior List Representative Rodolfo Ordanes Jr. recently filed a bill that would remove the mandatory retirement age by amending the Labor Code with a provision stating that “an employee who has reached the age of 65 years may elect to continue his employment provided he qualifies under the bona fide professional qualifications of his employment.” —BM, GMA News

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