The creation of the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in Davao City paved the way to care the needs and concerns of the people ageing from sixty (60) years and above. It was established sometime in the year 1993 consistent with the provision of Republic Act No. 7432, known as “An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and For Other Purposes”. The need of creating this office was conceived and developed to put in place the provisions of laws pertaining to the protection of innate rights of the elderly.
It was materialized through the issuance of Executive Order No. 32, and order reconstituting Executive Order No. 35, issued on September 29, 1992, creating the Office for the Senior Affairs (OSCA) signed by Hon. Rodrigo R. Duterte. In consonance herein, an Executive Order No. 15 dated June 2005, otherwise known as an Order providing for the guidelines on the selection of the Head of Office for Senior Citizens Affairs.
We believe in the fundamental Vitality and strength of OSCA lies in our dedicated, capable and straightforward personnel/ employees, and we commit ourselves to:
Maintain harmonious relationship among all employees and senior citizens’ guests and clients based on sense of participation, cooperation , Social Responsibility and an understanding common objectives by creating a Tangible Vision, Mission & Goals of OSCA:
A full integration in the mainstream of society anchored with social protection system, directly affecting the older persons sector with the end view of experiencing a Quality of Life.
The City of Davao by virtue of Ordinance 0417-10, series of 2010, has adopted the United Nation Principles for Older Persons enunciated under Resolution # 37/51 issued by the general assembly, addressing the needs, concerns and interest of older persons:
OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Older persons should have access to adequate food, water, shelter, clothing and health care through the provision of income, family and community support and self-help.
- Older persons should have the opportunity to work or have access to other income-generating opportunities.
- Older persons should be able to participate in determining when and at what pace withdrawal from the labor force takes place.
- Older persons should have access to appropriate educational and training programs.
- Older persons should be able to live in environments that are safe and adaptable to personal preferences and changing capacities.
- Older persons should be able to reside at home for as long as possible.
- Older persons should remain integrated in society, participate actively in the formulation and implementation of policies that directly affect their well-being and share their knowledge and skills with younger generations.
- Older persons should be able to seek and develop opportunities for service to the community and to serve as volunteers in positions appropriate to their interests and capabilities.
- Older persons should be able to form movements or associations of older persons.
- Older persons should benefit from family and community care and protection in accordance with each society’s system of cultural values.
- Older persons should have access to health care to help them to maintain or regain the optimum level of physical, mental and emotional well-being and to prevent or delay the onset of illness.
- Older persons should have access to social and legal services to enhance their autonomy, protection and care.
- Older persons should be able to utilize appropriate levels of institutional care providing protection, rehabilitation and social and mental stimulation in a humane and secure environment.
- Older persons should be able to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms when residing in any shelter, care or treatment facility, including full respect for their dignity, beliefs, needs and privacy and for the right to make decisions about their care and the quality of their lives.
- Older persons should be able to pursue opportunities for the full development of their potential.
- Older persons should have access to the educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources of society.
- Older persons should be able to live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation and physical or mental abuse.
- Older persons should be treated fairly, regardless of age, gender, racial or ethnic background, disability or other status, and valued independently of their economic contribution.