CHR, gov’t agencies sign commitment for welfare of elderly

By , on June 18, 2014

MANILA — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), together with different government agencies and non-governmental organization (NGOs), signed on Tuesday a Pledge of Commitment to boost awareness on the universal human rights of the elderly.

Under the Pledge of Commitment, the signatories expressed willingness and concerted support to uphold the rights of older people and protect them from any form of discrimination and abuse.

The commitment stipulates that ignoring the right of older people is morally and legally unacceptable.

According to Karen-Gomez Dumpit, director of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) Government Linkages, the pledge of commitment will be displayed at the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) and Confederation of Older Persons’ Associations of the Philippines (COPAP) that will be included in the petitions that supports the call for the promotion of rights of the elderly.

She added that copy of which will be included in the submission of the document signed for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Elderly.

The signing was held at the Philippine Information Agency Auditorium in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City in support to the call for a stand against elder abuse via the “Forum on Elder Abuse.”

Signing the Pledge of Commitment include representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), among others.