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Devotion ‘to the last breath’: Senior citizens brave Traslacion 2020

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:14 PM

They tell Rappler they will join the annual procession as long as they have the strength for it, until their last breath

GREAT GRANDMA. Luisa de Guzman, 68, waits for the image of the Black Nazarene for the annual Dungaw. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The House allows Francisco Datol Jr to take his oath after the Comelec issues a certificate of proclamation to the Senior Citizens party-list group

THE RETURN. Francisco Datol Jr (2nd from R) takes his oath as Senior Citizens congressman on December 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila seniors get P800 yearly birthday gift under new ordinance

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:53 AM

When the gift is given in kind, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says they will hand senior citizens birthday cakes. Sounds familiar? It's because Moreno got the idea from the Binays of Makati.

ANNUAL GIFT. Senior citizens can get their gift either in cash or kind. Shutterstock photo

[OPINION] Is the Philippines ready for its 'graying' population?

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

By the time the Philippines becomes an aging society, more elderly people will be needing support from the government, and not just from their families

Isko Moreno, fast food chains sign pact to employ seniors, PWDs

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich commit to employ 2 senior citizens and one person with disability for each of their branches in Manila

MORE SENIORS. Jollibee and other fast food chains commit to employing more senior citizens in Manila. Rappler file photo

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:29 PM

To be qualified for this benefit, the senior citizens will also have to be Blu Card holders for at least 5 years

COA tells DSWD to clean list of social pension beneficiaries

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that only qualified beneficiaries are under its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

New law creates National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:04 PM

All the members of the new commission must be at least 60 years old at the time of their appointment

Do PWDs, senior citizens have access to special polling places?

May 14, 2019 - 6:56 AM

Some PWDs and senior citizens are still denied of their right to vote in designated special polling places

IN PHOTOS: Senior citizens, PWDs vote in accessible polling places

May 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Emergency Accessible Polling Place makes the voting process more accessible and easier for PWDs, senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women

The elderly take advantage of the EAPP or the Emergency Acessible Polling Place, a special voting area for senior citizens and PWDs, at the Don A Roces Science HS in Quezon City on election day, May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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