Increasing Access to Pensions in the Philippines

expanding social pensions in the Philippines for elders, senior citizens, older people

Improving Access to Pensions in the Philippines

We worked with HelpAge global netwowrk member, the Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) in the Philippines to publish a study, The Philippine social pension at four years: insights and recommendations. The study demonstrated that many people who were eligible for the national social pension were not receiving it. By sharing these key findings with the Government, we helped double the budget for the pension and expand the number of people eligible, from 1.4 million to 2.8 million in January 2017.


Our advocacy work in the Philippines continue to center on advancing a universal pension, one that provides all older people above a certain age with a basic income. Based on our analysis, the cost of a universal pension would be modest, and could be expanded gradually. Currently the pension accounts for just 0.1% of GDP. Universalizing the current national program would only cost an additional 0.2% of GDP.


Core to our work in the Philippines is engaging older people in leadership and advocacy. We worked with COSE and the Philippines Office for Senior Citizens Affairs to set up help desks, mechanisms for older people to access information and provide feedback on social services. The help desks also provide a way for older people to report elder abuse.


Further Reading

Work, family and social protection: old age income security in Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, highlights the sources of income that older people rely on, and recommends collecting better data on this. Read Now

Old Age Income Security in the Philippines discusses the challenges to a secure income for older people and the positive impact that a social pension can have on livelihoods at limited cost. Read Now