MANILA, Philippines – Almost half a percent of Filipino senior citizens are still working due to poverty according to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and a research institute.
In the data released by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) this Wednesday, October 5, it appeared that 9.2 million Filipinos aged 60-years-old and above or 46% are still looking for a living to earn daily sustenance.
“Almost half the number of older persons are still working and unable to make ends meet for their daily living; more so, for their health needs,” ani dating POPCOM executive director Juan Antonio Perez III.
Of the 5,985 seniors polled by UPPI, 57% said they were experiencing difficulty meeting household expenses while 14% said they had experienced hunger in the past three months.
In addition, 30% of older Filipinos said they are “somewhat unhealthy” or “very unhealthy” and 86% said they are no longer able to see a doctor because they have no money.
Despite these data, the economic dependence of senior citizens remains high, only 30% said that their children still provide for their daily sustenance. RNT/JGC
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