Press Release
September 13, 2019

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III delivers his message at the National Center for Geriatric Health

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III visited the National Center for Geriatric Health and mentioned his plans to convert the National Center for Geriatric Health into a National Center for Geriatric Health and Research Institute.

In support of his advocacy to ensure senior citizens receive appropriate care, the Senator from Cagayan de Oro filed Senate Bill No. 100 otherwise known as the 'National Center For Geriatric Health And Research Institute', a bill that will provide a full range of health care services, including primary care, wellness services, and behavioural health care to the elderly population of the country.

"Gawin na natin na magkaroon na tayo ng 'di lang Geriatric Institute, pero sana National Geriatric Hospital para sa ating mga senior citizens. Meron tayong National Children's Hospital, dapat meron din para sa matatanda," Pimentel said.

In 2018, senior citizen population increased further to 8.013 million or 8.2% of the total population.

"The National Geriatric Health and Research Institute will ensure the availability and accessibility of medical services for the elderly. They (senior citizens) have served and contributed their talent and time to the society during the prime of their life. We owe this to our senior citizens. Hindi natin sila papabayaan," Pimentel added.

Senator Pimentel also expressed his support in the education and training of physicians, nurses, health officers, social workers, and other medical personnel in the implementation of health services to the elderly.

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