Department of Health

Disease Prevention and Control Bureau

Health Programs

LIFESTAGES – refers to a phase in a person’s lifespan from infancy to advanced age that presents specific problems and has specific health needs (e.g. child, adolescent, adult, elderly).Child – refers to a person from newborn to below ten (10) years of age.Adolescent – refers to a person between the ages of ten (10) to nineteen (19) years of age who is in transition from childhood to adulthood. (RA No. 10354)Adult – refers to a person aged 20 years to 59 years and 11 monthsElderly or Senior Citizen – refers to a person at least sixty (60) years old. (RA No. 7432 as amended)

The Specialty Care Division consists of the Mental Health and Cancer Control.Pursuant to Rule II Section 4 of the IRR of RA No. 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA), the National Integrated Cancer Control Program was established under the Cancer Control Division of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DPCB).Republic Act 11036, otherwise known as the Mental Health Act, has been promulgated to enhance and integrate mental health service delivery to Universal Health Care through promotion and protection of the rights of persons using psychosocial health services and increasing investments in mental health.