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Enabling environments

Income security

Health status



Life expectancy at 60

How many more years can a 60-year-old expect to live


Healthy life expectancy aged 60

The average number of years a person can expect to live in good health.


Pension coverage

% people over 65 receiving a pension

National policy on ageing?


7.3 million people over 60







% of population over 60

The Philippines ranks moderately on the Global AgeWatch Index, at 50 overall. It ranks highest in the enabling environment domain (15), with above regional average values for all indicators and one of the highest figures when it comes to the satisfaction of older people with civic freedom (92%) in the region. It also ranks highly in the capability domain (31). The change from last year (18) is due to revision of educational attainment data, which also contributed to it falling overall from last year's rank (44).

The Philippines ranks low in the income security domain (73) due to low pension coverage (28.2%) and a higher than regional average old-age poverty rate (13.7%). It ranks lowest in the health domain (76) due to low life expectancy at 60 (17), compared with regional average (19.3).

As part of the Age Demands Action campaign in the Philippines, campaigners are organising an exhibition and photo booth during the annual Walk for Life to provide information on the results of the Social Pension Review conducted by COSE and HelpAge, and to understand the general public's opinion on universal social pensions.

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Rank by domain

Indicators data What does this mean?
Pension coverage: 28.3 % people over 65 receiving a pension.
Old age poverty rate: 13.7 % of people aged 60+ with an income of less than half the country's median income.
Relative welfare: 102.7 Average income/consumption of people aged 60+ as a % of average income/consumption of the rest of the population.
GNI per capita: US$ 7,165.6 This is a proxy for standard of living of people within a country. It aims to provide comparison across countries.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Life expectancy at 60: 17 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live.
Healthy life expectancy at 60:14.0 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live in good health.
Relative psychological/mental wellbeing:94.9 % of people over 50 who feel their life has meaning compared with people aged 35-49 who feel the same.
The indicator measures self-assessed mental well-being.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Employment of older people: 66.0 % of the population aged 55-64 that are employed.
The indicator measures older people's access to the labour market and their ability to supplement pension income with wages, and their access to work related networks. The employment rate is a proxy for the economic empowerment of older people.
Educational attainment:36.8 % of population aged 60+ with secondary or higher education.
Education is a proxy of lifetime accumulation of skills and competencies that shows social and human capital potential inherent among older people.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Social connections: 76 % of people over 50 who have relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.
Physical safety: 70 % of people over 50 who feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live.
Civic freedom: 92 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.
Access to public transport: 73 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the local public transportation systems.

Social pension

Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers to older people, provided by government. For more information see

HelpAge Affiliate in The Phillipines.

HelpAge activity in The Phillipines.

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