The Philippines is on its way to becoming an aging population given its increasing number of people 60 years and older. With the higher prevalence of illnesses and comorbidities among senior citizens and considering that they are also less economically active compared to younger people, greater government support for their health care and income security is a necessity.

This infographic looks into the situation of senior citizens in the Philippines. It also analyzes the major government policies and programs for them and identifies the gaps in these programs. Finally, it discusses some ways to make the government’s social protection programs for senior citizens more accessible and responsive to their needs.

This infographic is based on PIDS Discussion Paper Series No. 2019-09 titled “Silver Linings for the Elderly in the Philippines: Policies and Programs for Senior Citizens” written by Celia Reyes, Arkin Arboneda, and Ronina Asis, PIDS president, research specialist, and executive assistant, respectively. This publication may be downloaded here:
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