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How elections are made accessible to PWDs and senior citizens

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The law may be in place, but much more should be done to make elections accessible to all

Senior citizen voter file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

QC establishments to provide courtesy seats for PWDs, pregnant women, seniors

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Private establishments that fail to implement the new policy will face fines and business permit suspension or revocation

Texas senior's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Thousands share a man from Houston's detailed cheaper plan to retire in a Holiday Inn hotel than in a nursing home

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

Makati City spends P30M as of September this year for free movies of seniors, PWDs

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:29 PM

All in all, Makati earmarks P40 million in 2018 for free movie tickets

FREE MOVIES. The cinemas of Century Mall is one of five partners of the Makati government in the free movie tickets program for senior citizens and PWD.

COSE honors outstanding seniors at the 28th Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 awardees for 2018 have contributed to causes on environment conservation, human rights, cultural preservation, urban poor housing, education, HIV/AIDS, and the elderly

HOAX: P6,000 'monthly' pension for senior citizens

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Social Welfare Department has been providing a pension worth P500 a month – not P6,000 a month – to indigent senior citizens for years

Screenshot of a website claiming that senior citizens can avail of a P6,000 pension per month from the government

Empowering seniors in disaster risk reduction and management

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Program proves senior citizens deserve bigger roles in preparing for disasters

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

More protection, attention to social pension for poor elderly Filipinos

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The number of senior citizens, which has grown from 6.3 million in 2010 to 7.6 million in 2015, is expected to reach 11.7 million by 2025, and 22.6 million in 2045

'Natutumba na ako': How the elderly struggled in barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 2:21 PM

While many senior citizens persist, others choose to leave. 'Kami na nga 'tong gustong bumoto, pinapahirapan pa,' complains Cristina Cañete of Caloocan City.

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senior citizens left to vote alone in barangay elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Despite the absence of personnel to assist them, senior citizens brave the chaos of polling precincts for barangay elections 2018

SENIOR CITIZEN. Polling precincts open at Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Baguio requires taxi drivers to help passengers load, unload baggage

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It is a ‘moral responsibility’ of the cab drivers, says a resolution of the city council signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan

BAGUIO TAXIS. There's another reason for passengers to admire the honest Baguio cab drivers. Rappler file photo

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:13 PM

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family

CAPABLE. Datu Mangontra Sultan, 95 years old, works hard despite his old age and disabilities. Photo by Jamilia Taha

Rappler Talk: Is pension for all possible?

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:59 AM

How can the Philippine government implement a universal social pension?

4 in 10 senior citizens still have no access to pension – COSE

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Advocates and lawmakers call for the passage of a measure that seeks to establish a universal social pension system for Filipino elderly

STILL WORKING. Senior citizen Arturo Fabular continues to sell ice cream daily to sustain his family's needs.

How to avail of PhilHealth coverage for senior citizens

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Senior citizens may register through the Office for the Senior Citizen Affairs or the PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office in their areas

MANDATORY COVERAGE. Republic Act 10645 provides all senior citizens with health insurance care of PhilHealth.

PAL now offers 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The discount applies to full-fare domestic flights and comes on top of the 12% value-added tax (VAT) exemption

Cebu Pacific honors 20% discount for senior citizens, PWDs online

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The budget carrier upgrades its booking systems to implement the discount for domestic flights booked through its website or mobile app

Words of wisdom from seniors

Aug 27, 2017 - 3:48 PM

We gathered senior citizens and asked them questions about life happiness and the most difficult question of them all: What is love?

Growing old in PH margins: Gutom, malasakit, at diskarte

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Philippines’ older adult population is faced with issues that transcend desires for self actualization as it combats the threats of food insecurity house tenure and health care inaccessibility

Can you help Nanay Ely, the elderly crocheter of Tayuman?

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The story of Luisa Nanay Nely Pagindian the manggagantsilyo from Manila inspires online users Here’s how you can find her and support her small business

CAN YOU HELP. Here is how you can turn those online praises into offline action

Without pension, senior citizens forced to continue working

Jun 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In Caloocan 72 year old Arturo Fabular walks for 10 hours each day to sell ice drop candy just to make ends meet

NO RETIREMENT. Arturo Fabular walks the stretch of Caloocan City and Meycauayan in Bulacan to sell ice drops.

Musings of a boomer on retiring in the Philippines

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like scores of Filipino Americans we think of what it would be like to return The downside is we are both concerned deeply worried about personal safety

The centenarians of Narvacan

May 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

There are 9 residents of Narvacan Ilocos Sur who are 100 years or older They are all women and here are the secrets of their longevity

Comelec eyes early voting in polls

May 20, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Meanwhile a House bill seeks early voting for PWDs and senior citizens within a week before election day

FORUM. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista is interviewed by the media during a forum on the 2016 polls in Makati City on May 19, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Prey on Vanity

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

News Briefs: February 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 28

Pension for all seniors to lift 3 million out of poverty – study

Feb 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

A study says providing a universal social pension of P1 500 for Filipinos 60 and above would cost the government P143 97 billion or 4 80 of its expenditures

PENSION FOR ALL. A study shows that providing social pension for all senior citizens would only amount 4.8% of government expenditure. Rappler file photo

DSWD to give P500-pension to 2.8M indigent seniors

Feb 17, 2017 - 12:18 PM

This year P17 9 billion has been allocated for the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

Free LRT1 rides for senior citizens, PWDs this Christmas

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The free rides will be available on all weekends and holidays from December 3 2016 to January 8 2017 in all LRT1 stations

EXTENSION. The LRT1 has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot from Rappler

DOF eyes higher VAT exemption threshold as 'safety net for the poor'

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Finance also defends measures criticized as anti poor – the proposed higher fuel excise tax and the planned removal of certain VAT exemptions

Removal of seniors' VAT exemptions 'counter-productive' – lawmakers

Sep 27, 2016 - 2:40 PM

In our culture we respect senior citizens So why would we remove the exemption granted to them? asks veteran politician and Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza

NO TO VAT REMOVAL. Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza (1st from left) and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (2nd from right) both oppose the removal of VAT exemptions on senior citizens. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Poor to be shielded from fuel excise tax increase – DOF

Sep 05, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says now is the best time to adjust fuel excise taxes when crude oil prices are low and impact on inflation is almost negligible

'BEST TIME.' NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia points out that every P1-per-liter increase in fuel prices would translate into an inflation spike of just 0.1 percent. Rappler file photo

Duterte admin keeping seniors' 20% discount, most VAT exemptions

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:45 PM

But the VAT exemption granted to senior citizens when dining in restaurants will be lifted says the DOF because such discounts are usually availed of by affluent senior citizens

VAT ON SENIOR CITIZENS. The VAT exemption granted to seniors when dining in restaurants will be lifted. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

COA calls out San Fernando on overaged traffic enforcers

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:32 PM

These traffic enforcers are beyond the compulsory retirement age but the capital city of Pampanga makes them work along the streets 12 hours a day and 7 days in a week with no day off

COA: 4.2M PhilHealth members with defective records

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Auditors say the deficiencies could adversely affect the delivery of services to members and to the operation of PhilHealth

1.4M senior citizens to get free pneumococcal vaccines

May 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The health department allocates P503 million for the purchase of the vaccines which senior citizens can get from health centers nationwide

The last vote

May 09, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The oldest voters of the biggest village in the Philippines have seen this all before and they will see it again as long as they can

LAST VOTE. Concepcion Cruz supported by her son Edwardo on the way to the polls in Barangay Bagong Silang

Senior's moment and the 2016 PH elections

May 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM

A former journalist who has voted in 9 Philippine presidential elections urges Filipinos to elect a qualified president in an honest election

Global elderly population exploding – US report

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:45 PM

More than 600 million people worldwide are 65 years old or above says the US Census Bureau

epa05061835 A Chinese elderly patient walks with the help of a walking aid in a corridor of Songtang Hospice nursing home in Beijing, China, 07 December 2015 (issued 09 Dec). East Asia, led by China, is rapidly aging and has the world's largest share of the aging population ages 65 and over, or 211 million people, according to a new World Bank report released on 09 December 2015. At more than a third of the global population, the fast graying population will result in a significant reduction in adult work force and have vast implications on the economic growth and public services of the region. China alone will incur a net loss of 90 million workers by 2040 according to the report. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

#PHVote: How accessible are the 2016 elections to PWDs?

Mar 12, 2016 - 1:15 PM

As the Comelec gears up for the elections some groups are wondering: will they be able to vote?

PREPARATIONS. With just over a month before the polls open, problems are cropping up for the Commission on Elections. Will accessibility be one of them? Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

In 'Roxas presidency,' senior citizens get maintenance meds free

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:29 AM

UPDATED We will include them in PhilHealth says the administration candidate

Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Japan's silver-haired seniors still punching the time clock

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:05 PM

More than 20 of Japanese men and women older than 65 still work and this trend is expected to grow

To go with AFP story "Japan-economy-employment-social" FOCUS by Daniel Leussink  In this picture taken on December 18, 2015, a worker repairs a cutting board at a seniors' work centre in Tokyo. Japan's silver-haired workforce is everywhere these days -- from wrinkled men waving glow sticks at construction sites to checkout counter clerks or caregivers for the very old. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA / AFP / TORU YAMANAKA

UNA to Comelec: Consider the deaf, hard of hearing for next debates

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Spokesperson Mon Ilagan says UNA is the only political party whose sorties and outdoor events are PWD and senior citizen friendly

CONSIDER THE DEAF. The United Nationalist Alliance calls on the Commission on Elections to consider making the presidential debates deaf-friendly. Graphic by Mara Mercado/Rappler

Poe’s DQ case, SSS pension hike veto, TPP deal signed | 12PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

Roxas backs SSS veto; Duterte 'sad' for elderly

Jan 18, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Presidential bets Manuel Roxas II and Rodrigo Duterte have opposing views on the rejected SSS pension hike bill

Binays' Makati receives governance awards despite corruption charges

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Makati s programs that became controversial in 2015 had in fact been recognized in past years by government agencies including Mar Roxas DILG

WHAT'S NEW? Same faces and the same controversies define the year that was for Makati.