Institute on Aging Director


Director, Institute on Aging (IA)

Contact numbers: 526-4349

Other Positions Held: 

Academic Title:

  • Professor 2, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila

Administrative Position:

  • Director, Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, UP Manila

Organizational Position

  • Founding President, Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine 2012-2014
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila, 1987.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, University of the Philippines Manila, 2005.
Recent Publications: 

International Publications

  • Chapter on “Acute Confusion.” Essentials in Geriatric Medicine. Ratnaike, Ed. McGraw-Hill Au, 2002.                                                                   
  • On Target Investigators. Randomized Trial of Telmisartan Alone and in Combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial: “ON TARGET”. New England Journal of Medicine, 358;15 March 2008 Role: Co-Investigator
  • Transcend Investigators. Effects of the angiotensin-receptor blocker telmisartan on cardiovascular events in high-risk patients intolerant to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. August 31 2008. Role: Co- Investigator.
  • International Contributor: T Vos, RM Barber, B Bell,et al. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.The Lancet 386(9995), 743-800
  • Dent E, Lien, C…de la Vega S,…Flicker L. The Asia-Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Frailty. Journal of the American Medical Association. 18 (2017) 564-575.
  • Technical Guidance and Review: Dementia toolkit for community workers in low-and middle-income countries: guide for community- based management and care of people with dementia. Manila, Philippines. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. 2018. License: CCBY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  • Mixed-methods research revealed the need for dementia services and Human Resource Master Plan in an aging Philippines S Dela Vega, C Cordero, L Palapar, A Garcia, J Agapito Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 102, 115-122

Local Publications

  • “Patterns of Morbidity and Health Utilization among Older Filipino Women.” Women’s Issues in Medical Practice. Reyes, Ed. University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies/Ford Foundation. 2002.
  • Baseline Surveys for the National Objectives of Health Chapter on Older Persons. NIH, and all National Regions, including NCR (nationwide survey). Published by the Department of Health 2002 Funding Agency: DOH
  • Assistant Editor; Project coordinator and steering committee member. Periodic Health Examination (PHEX), Philippine Guidelines for Screening of Mental Health and Recommendations for Thyroid Screening, PHILCLEN, DOH. Published 2003
  • De la Vega S, Ed. Maximizing the Quality of Life of Older Persons thru Better Health. NAST Monograph Series. December 2006
  • De la Vega S. Active Aging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Technology “Active Aging for Quality Life” 2009
  • Policies on healthcare of Senior Citizens: Implications to Internal Medicine Training and Practice. Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, 47: XIII-XVII, July-Aug, 2009.
  • Chapter on Research on Older Persons. National Ethical Guidelines for Health Research PCHRD 2011 edition.
  • Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine recommendations on the Management of Hypertension in the Elderly. Compendium of Philippine Medicine 2012.
  • Recommendations on the diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Association of the Philippine 2012.
  • Cultural Validation of the WHOQOL-BREF in Community-dwelling Filipino Older Persons. UP Manila Journal 2013 December.


List of Completed Researches submitted for Publications

  • State of the Art of Aging Research in the Philippines. Primary Investigator. PCHRD 2013- 2014
  • Policy Recommendations on Health Human Resource for an Aging Philippines. Proponent and Overall Chair, PCHRD and NIH UP Manila Feb 2013

Ongoing Researches

  • UPWISE: UP Wellness Initiative for Seniors and Elders. Research Program to assess the needs of retiring and retired employees and Faculty of UP Diliman and UP Los Baños. Funding Agency: University of the Philippines Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR). 2017-2018.
  • FITforFRAIL: Focused Interventions for Frail Older Adults, a community based needs assessment research program. Funding Agency: Department of Health AHEAD Program. 2018-2020.