By Roy Mabasa
More than 3,000 senior citizens and families in Capas, Tarlac, will receive preventive care assistance from Japan which has one of the highest aging populations in the world.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese non-profit group Momotaro Kai Social Welfare Corporation, and the Municipality of Capas, Tarlac signed recently the second phase of a cooperation project supporting long-term care prevention for the elderly.
The project aims to share Japan’s experiences and know-how on caring for the elderly. JICA said the activities aim to support the Philippines in crafting its own policies for the elderly and future senior citizens.
Together with the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) and Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in Tarlac, JICA and Momotaro Kai will update the manual for long-term care prevention for elderly developed in the project’s first phase and capacity building of barangay leaders that will implement preventive care.
During the project’s Phase 1, Momotaro Kai Social Welfare Corporation based in Kibichuo, Japan dispatched a care manager and nursing care supervisor to Capas to help create a nursing care prevention manual for the elderly.
For the second phase of the project, seminars will be held on long-term care prevention for the elderly and several staff from Kibichuo in Okayama Prefecture, Japan will be dispatched to share their experiences.
JICA said these activities will hopefully “help the Philippines develop its own policies for the elderly and future senior citizens.”
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