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The Mindanao Research Summit on the theme: “Evidence-Informed Policy Engagement for Health and Development in Mindanao” was held on October 24-26,2012 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. The objective of the Research Summit is to promote the use of evidence for policy and decision-making in Mindanao, in support of the Millennium Development Goals. In relation to the attainment of its objective, partners from various international organizations, academe and national/international research networks were engaged in promoting research-based outputs for health and development policy and action.
Dr. Nestor P. Blace, Ph.D., an alumnus of the Graduate School and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, whose research paper entitled “Functional Health Ability, Participation in Activities and Life Satisfaction of the Older People in General Santos City,was chosen for presentation in the Mindanao Research Summit.
Dr. Blace highlights in his research paper some pressing issues confronting the older people as follows: The elderly are forced to engage in productive work due to economic crisis/poverty and to sustain their basic needs for food and medicine; the elderly need attention of their immediate members of the family; and their level of satisfaction is high once their socio-economic needs are addressed.
Hence, Dr. Blace presents some salient points/policy implications to address the plight of the older people which include” A review of the present national and local laws on services given to the older people, particularly social, health and economic support in the form of seminars and trainings for the members of the family who are providing care for the older people at their homes should be provided; legislations on programs by the different agencies of the government to improve the support given to the older people; and the community and nursing homes will become important institutions for the older people.
Marilou P. Palisoc, M.A.