Institute of Aging

The Institute on Aging was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines on 12 December 2012.


The Filipino elderly enjoying a healthy body, mind and spirit, being treated with dignity, and valued as a productive member of society, in a dynamic process unique to himself, and beginning a life of unlimited possibilities.


To create with the aging Filipino, unlimited possibilities for their value added life through scientific research, training and education, and specialized services.

Goals and Objectives


To contribute to national development and improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos as they age.


  1. Guide policy makers in the enactment of health laws, policies and guidelines which improve delivery of quality health programs for older persons.
  2. Contribute to the enhancement of medical knowledge on aging and geriatrics and improve the practices of health care professionals.
  3. Implement research on essential national health issues and concerns on aging.
  4. Lead in the formulation of national health research agenda on aging.
  5. Disseminate information on healthy and active aging to the general public.

Key Research Areas

The goals of the Institute include the conduct of research in the following Key Areas of Research and Development. Longitudinal, multi-disciplinary, and evidence-based research is recommended (adapted from NAST Monograph on Maximizing QOL of Older Persons thru Better Health 2005). Research dissemination and knowledge translation are also key goals.

Healthcare delivery, access and utilization

Disability and Welfare Programs

Implications of health on retirement and pension schemes


Prevalence and longitudinal studies on morbidity and mortality, functional status and disability

Major geriatric syndromes

Health care delivery systems (type, location, funding, etc.)

Rates and reasons for institutionalization or nursing home placement

Utilization and access to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, screening and health maintenance

Quality of care in public and private hospitals and clinics

Status of human resources and community support services


Quality of Care



Informatics, Knowledge Translation and Research Dissemination

Workforce Training

Health Technology and Bioengineering

Genomic and Stem Cell

Technology for improved access and environmental mastery of disabled and frail older persons

Socio-cultural determinants of health

Socio-cultural influences on health and health-seeking behaviour

Socio-cultural determinants of inequalities in health and quality of life

Information technology that supports social connectedness, and enhances access to health care

Education of older persons that enhance self-worth, self-management of health problems and functional independence

Impact of RA 9994 and other national health policies on health and QOL

Impact of RA 9994 on health care expenditure


Shelley F. de la Vega, MD, MSc (ClinEpi)

Associate Professor

UP College of Medicine


Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine

Research Faculty Affiliates

Jose Alvin Mojica, MHPEd, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, UP College of Medicine

Araceli Balabagno, RN, PhD, UP College of Nursing

Edward James Gorgon, PTRP, MA, College of Allied Medical Professions, UP Manila

Lydia Tolentino Manahan, RN, MA, Associate Prof., UP College of Nursing

Gayline Manalang PT, MA, Assoc. Professor, UP College of Public Health

Josephine Agapito, PhD Assistant Prof., UP Manila

Doris Mariebel Camagay, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Philippine General Hospital

Cynthia Pedroso Cordero, MSc, Professor of Biostatistics. Department of Clinical Epidemiology

College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila


Grace T. Cruz. PhD, Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines

Susan Mabunga, DDM, MSDent Chair, Dept of Health Policy, UP College of Public Health

Josefina Natividad, ScD Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines

Nimfa Ogena, PhD, Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines

Maria Kabamalan, PhD Associate Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines

Noel Lawas, MD, MPH Professor, UP College of Public Health



Contact Number: 
Tel. 526-4349