Health Development Program for Older Persons - (Bureau or Office: National Center for Disease Prevention and Control )


Bureau or Office: National Center for Disease Prevention and Control

Program Briefer

Cognizant of its mandate and crucial role, the Philippine Department of Heallth (DOH) formulated the Health Care Program for Older Persons (HCPOP) in 1998. The DOH HCPOP (presently renamed Health Development Program for Older Persons) sets the policies, standards and guidelines for local governments to implement the program in collaboration with other government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector.

The program intends to promote and improve the quality of life of older persons through the establishment and provision of basic health services for older persons, formulation of policies and guidelines pertaining to older persons, provision of information and health education to the public, provision of basic and essential training of manpower dedicated to older persons and, the conduct of basic and applied researches.

Target Population/Clients

1. Older persons (60 years and above) who are:
a. Well and free from symptoms
b. Sick and frail
c. Chronically ill and cognitively impaired
d. In need of rehabilitation services
2. Health workers and caregivers
3. LGU and partner agencies

Area of Coverage




  •          Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing
  •         General Assembly Resolutions


  •         Philippine Constitution (Article XIII, Section XI)
  •         Republic Act 7876 - Senior Citizens Center Act of the Philippines
  •         Republic Act No. 7432 - An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and for Other Purposes
  •         Proclamation No. 470 - Declaring the 1st week of October every year as "Elderly Filipino Week"
  •         Philippine Plan of action for Older Persons (1999-2004)


          Healthy ageing for all Filipinos.


         A healthy and productive older population is promoted.