Until recently, the Philippines was the only country in Asia without a social pension for poor, older people.   That is all changing, thanks to the efforts of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly [COSE].

COSE is an IAHSA member, winning an Citation of Honor as part of IAHSA’s 2009 Excellence in Ageing Services Award for their hard work on behalf of the poor elderly.

According to a recent article in Asia News Network, COSE has been instrumental in making this important policy a reality.  Now all are awaiting the official signature of President Gloria Arroyo.  Congratulations to COSE and all of the elderly advocates in the Philippines for this significant victory.