In celebration of the Haven for the Elderly’s 5th Year Anniversary, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will hold a series of activities on April 20 to 28, 2015 at the center’s compound in Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal under the theme ‘Haven for the Elderly, Patuloy ang Pagbangon at Pagunlad.’

The activities for the weeklong celebration will include sport fest among staff, exhibits of the livelihood products of the resident older persons, wellness exercises for residents and staff, and a celebration of a thanksgiving mass.  A recognition and acknowledgement of donors and benefactors of the center, and recognition of outstanding center staff will be conducted on the morning of April 28, 2015 to be followed by fellowship program in the afternoon.

According to Ricky Bunao, center head of Haven for the Elderly (HE), the celebration is expected to be headed by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman with guests that includes Sen. Pia Cayetano, former Sen. Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel, former Sec Esperanza I. Cabral, and former U/Sec Celia C. Yangco.  Local government officials led by Rizal Gov Rebecca Ynares, and Tanay Mayor Rafael Tanjuatco are also expected to graced the celebration.

“In as much as our we are recognizing  our partners, donors and staff during our anniversary celebration, we would also like to highlight the gains and successes of the center not only in providing services to the abandoned and neglected older persons but also in the promotion the rights and welfare of the older sector as a whole.  These accomplishments, we believe set the tone for an improved services for the Haven for the Elderly in the years to come,” Bunao said.

Haven for the Elderly is a residential facility that provides care to abandoned, neglected and unattached older persons ages 60 years old and above.  It began its operation in April 28, 2010 with the transfer of 60 older person-residents from the former Golden Acres in Quezon City.

As of March 31, 2015, the center is providing residential care to  259 older person residents.***