Social pension for all older persons in the Philippines

Despite the recent reforms in the Philippine pension system – the increase of social pensioners to 2.8 million indigent senior citizens beginning 2011 to 2017, and the increase in amount of Social Security System (SSS) pension – approximately 40% of Filipino senior citizens are still left out – no pension. In order not to leave out any senior citizen especially the ‘missing middle,’ the Social Pension Program under Republic Act 9994 or Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 must be amended. The Coalition of Services of the Elderly and HelpAge International reviewed the implementation and impact of the social pension in the last seven years and studied a feasibility of a Universal Pension - a much better pension system, in the Philippines. This video captures some of the benefits, gaps, and challenges of older persons and implementer in the current social pension system, as well as recommendations of a new approach that will benefit not just a percentage but the entire ageing Philippine population.