23 January 2016 – Manila, the Philippines

The 2015 Global AgeWatch Index, which assesses the social and economic well-being of the elderly around the world, ranked the Philippines 50th out of 96 countries—six places lower than its 2014 ranking of 44th out of 96.

Though clearly moderate in comparison with others, the ranking makes the Philippines 6th among the Asia-Pacific countries measured (23) and 3rd among those from ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Singapore were not included).

Today, those over 60 account for around 7.3 percent of the Philippine population (around 7 million). But that percentage will double by 2050 with far-reaching implications on its present universal healthcare and social protection systems.


Read full article on Manila Bulletin.