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  • Organisation

    The Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) is an organisation that attempts to keep older people in the community and contribute to the welfare of society. Its work is guided by its vision of an equitable society for all ages where older persons live in dignity, remain healthy, self-reliant, secure and free to commit themselves to others and society.

    COSE largely works on community organising/development to support older persons regain self-worth and overcome their vulnerabilities due to ageing through:
    • community-based approaches
    • advocacy and networking
    • capacity building

    • Organisation

      The Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) is an organisation that attempts to keep older people in the community and contribute to the welfare of society. Its work is guided by its vision of an equitable society for all ages where older persons live in dignity, remain healthy, self-reliant, secure and free to commit themselves to others and society.

      COSE largely works on community organising/development to support older persons regain self-worth and overcome their vulnerabilities due to ageing through:
      • community-based approaches
      • advocacy and networking
      • capacity building

    • Project

      This project by COSE – Enhancing Access to Social Protection Programmes through Older Persons Engagement – integrates the social accountability approach in influencing local government’s policies and spending on social protection in two provinces in Luzon. It runs for two years and works closely with Older Persons Organisations (OPOs) in three target municipalities. The project pilots the creation of Older Citizens Monitoring Committees (OCMC), with accompanying monitoring methodology and tools.

      COSE is committed to developing bottom-up social accountability mechanisms to improve the quality of Philippines’ social protection programmes through minimising intentional and unintentional errors by staff and claimants. Accountability mechanisms are integrated in the project to address poor ‘customer service’, leakages of public funds and streamline administrative challenges across the target areas.

       

  • Project

    This project by COSE – Enhancing Access to Social Protection Programmes through Older Persons Engagement – integrates the social accountability approach in influencing local government’s policies and spending on social protection in two provinces in Luzon. It runs for two years and works closely with Older Persons Organisations (OPOs) in three target municipalities. The project pilots the creation of Older Citizens Monitoring Committees (OCMC), with accompanying monitoring methodology and tools.

    COSE is committed to developing bottom-up social accountability mechanisms to improve the quality of Philippines’ social protection programmes through minimising intentional and unintentional errors by staff and claimants. Accountability mechanisms are integrated in the project to address poor ‘customer service’, leakages of public funds and streamline administrative challenges across the target areas.

     

  • Results

     

    “I’ve been attending COSE training and activities for older persons for so many years already. In 2009, I was just 55 years old then, together with senior citizens from various areas. With the Confederation of Older Persons of the Philippines (COPAP) and COSE, I was one of those who rallied along Mendiola to call for the passage of social pension. I worked as a member of the Lupon in our Barangay, became an Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) staff, and later on was elected as President of the Senior Citizens Association in Barangay San Juan Bano” –  Mario Sunga, Project Participant

    “Prioritise and ensure the inclusion of all older women and men in the government programs and services –not just in the guidelines but more importantly on the actual implementation. Please don’t make us feel that in this battle, we are  being neglected and alone”. – Luzviminda Venasquez, Project Participant

    The above remarks from the participants of the   Enhancing Access to Social Protection Programmes through Older Persons Engagement by COSE shows that Cose was able to achieve its set objectives of this Influencing project. Below are highlights of other achievements realised during the project.

    Strengthened and Functional Older Persons’ Organisations (OPOs) and Federations

    A total of 88 Older Persons Organisations’ Leaders were trained in organisational and leadership development. The capacity building activities conducted with the leaders led to the effective management of their organisations and their projects/programs. From March 2018 to July 2019, a total of 45 OPOs have formulated clear Vision-Mission-Goals (VMG) Constitution and By-Laws (CBL), and can perform their own organisational assessment using the “OPO Assessment Tool.” This change is important because the Constitution and By-Laws provide them guidance in managing their organisation. It will also provide OPO’s credibility when applying for legality in their respective Local Government Units and accessing funds.

    Secured Organisation’s Legal Identity

    As of February 2020, 2 out of 3 Federations covered by the project (Pambayang Pederasyon ng mga Nakatatandang Mamamayan ng Calumpit, Bulacan & Arayat Senior Citizens Association) have secured a certificate of registration from their respective municipalities. They are well recognised by the Local Government Units (LGUs). This change is important because they are now welcomed to apply for a membership to the Local Development Council as representative of the Civil Society Organisation, which will give them more chance to raise their voices (issues and concerns) and be heard by the legislators once they become a member.

    Raised Public Awareness on the situation, rights and privileges of Older Persons

    Accurate information on the rights and privileges of older persons was disseminated that resulted in increased awareness, especially on Social Pension and PhilHealth programs. The dissemination was conducted through community discussions, radio program, and distribution of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials. Issues and concerns of older persons were also discussed. This facilitated the awareness of the general situation of older persons in the country.

    Although there was no evaluation conducted, however, the claims on increased public awareness has been mentioned by the OPO leaders themselves and the members of their respective Older Persons Organisations (OPOs) during the Linking and Learning Session and Federations Meeting.

    Established Accountability Mechanism (OCMC and HelpDesk)

    Older Citizens Monitoring Committee (OCMC) was established in three (3) municipalities – Calumpit and Hagonoy, Bulacan; and Arayat, Pampanga, as part of the Federation’s structure. The committee monitors the implementation of the social pension and PhilHealth programs and other related complaints. HelpDesk in each municipality was established where they can report complaints. HelpDesk staff will process and respond to the reported complaints.

    This change is very important because it allows older persons to see and participate in social pension program implementation. They can directly raise their concerns and involve in resolving them. It will not only help older persons but at the same time helping the government to provide a more responsive program for older persons.

    Installed Database for Older Persons

    Computer sets were provided to the partner municipalities through the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) where the database was installed. A total of 29,557 older persons (9,486 from Arayat, Pampanga; 9,726 from Calumpit; and 10,345 from Hagonoy, Bulacan) registered to the Senior Citizens Registration and Information System (SCRIS). The said database provides comprehensive information of older persons that can be a basis in developing policies and programs for older persons.

    The use of consultation or involving the rightsholders groups was the most successful influencing approach used for this project. It provides power to the rightsholders groups (both older persons & LGUs) to effectively engage in the process. Dialogues were also utilised to establish a connection/partnership between the Older Persons’ Organisations and the Local Government Units. This partnership was maximised as an opportunity to discuss and address certain issues/concerns of older persons.

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