Older Persons and Persons with Disability Program (OPPWDP)
The Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) recognizes the importance of caring for the elderly population in the region. Through the Hadiya Program for the Elderly, the Ministry aims to provide essential healthcare support to older persons, ensuring their quality of life and promoting their independence.
This program focuses on addressing the specific needs of older individuals, providing them with the necessary assistance and care they require. Additionally, MSSD actively engages in mobilizing and strengthening regional structures for older persons. The Regional Senior Citizens Committee (RSCC) and the Office of the Senior Citizens Association (OSCA) work together to formulate policies, propose legislation, and implement programs and services to protect the rights and well-being of older persons.
MSSD’s commitment extends to facilitating referral services for professional health consultations and medical interventions, ensuring that indigent senior citizens have access to comprehensive healthcare beyond the Ministry’s capabilities.
Persons with Disabilities
The Kalinga sa May Kapansanan Program stands as a significant initiative by the Ministry to support persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the region. This groundbreaking program provides a social pension and monthly financial subsidies to indigent PWDs, enabling them to meet their daily subsistence and medical needs.
Additionally, the program has distributed assistive devices to enhance the capacity and independence of PWDs. MSSD actively participates in the mobilization and strengthening of regional structures for PWDs. The Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) and the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) play crucial roles in formulating policies, proposing legislation, and implementing programs and services tailored to the rights and well-being of PWDs.
Through these efforts, MSSD aims to empower PWDs, facilitate their active engagement in advocacy initiatives, and provide referral services for professional health consultations and interventions beyond the Ministry’s scope.
Overall, the Ministry of Social Services and Development recognizes the importance of supporting and protecting the rights of both older persons and persons with disabilities. Through various programs, financial assistance, distribution of assistive devices, and the establishment of regional committees and offices, MSSD aims to improve the lives of these vulnerable groups, promote inclusivity, and ensure their well-being in the region.