Elderly Filipino Week is observed every first week of October by virtue of Proclamation No. 470 signed on Sept. 26, 1994, by then President Fidel Ramos.
According to latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are more than 3.4 million Filipinos aged 60 years and above as of the 2010 census.
The proclamation spells out the responsibility of the Executive Department, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to develop a social welfare program promoting the wellbeing of the elderly. —Marielle Medina
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