In an effort to support the government’s thrust for inclusive growth, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) spearheaded the activity especially tailored for the benefit of senior citizens and differently-abled persons on 26 October 2018 in Tipas, Taguig City.
The activity was in support to Republic Act (RA) 10155 or “The General Appropriations Act of 2012”.
Participants of DOST-TAPI’s Institutional Project for Senior Citizens and Differently-Abled Persons on 26 October 2018 in Tipas, Taguig City
RA 10155 has mandated all government agencies and instrumentalities to allocate one percent of their total agency budget to programs and projects for older persons and persons with disabilities.
As of 2018, it is estimated that there are around eight million Filipinos who are over 60 which composes about 8.2 percent of the total Filipino population according to the Commission on Population (POPCOM).
Moreover, the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed that about 16 per one thousand or around 1.57 percent is differently-abled.
The numbers have pushed the Philippine government to create policies and programs which protect the rights of senior citizens and differently-abled, integrate them to social activities, and empower them to live a healthy and productive lives.
Such endeavors include the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens in ensuring that they are given priority to community-based approaches and that preventive and promotive aspects of health are emphasized in their communities.
In this context, the Differently-Abled Program facilitates the inclusion of the differently-abled into the mainstream of the society through interventions on enterprise assistance, enabling environment and policy advocacy.
The program included an exercise activity from a renowned wellness instructor, talk on nutrition and wellness from the experts of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), and presentation of alternative options such as therapeutic and herbal oils.
“DOST-TAPI is very happy to share this day with our dear senior citizens and differently-abled persons as we head towards a society of inclusion, making sure that no one is left behind,” said Lilia B. Ferrer, Chief of Finance and Administrative Division of DOST-TAPI.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo