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NAY PYI TAW - International Day of Older Persons-2010, observed by Social Welfare Department under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, was held at the ministry, here, this morning with an address by SWRR Minister U Maung Maung Swe.

Also present were Minister for Industry-2 U Soe Thein, deputy ministers, departmental heads and officials, UNFPA Resident Representatives Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, residents representatives of the UN agencies, responsible persons of the social organizations, staff and the elderly persons.

In his address, the minister stressed the need to maintain and protect fine traditions of Myanmar culture and extended family system, render assistance to durability of homes for the aged, to make a greater collaboration in home care for the aged in cooperation with the ASEAN countries, to strive for formation of communitybased home care services and to focus on role of senior citizens for the success of the UN Millennium goals and transition to a new modern and developed nation.

Next, the UNFPA Resident Representative extended greetings.


The minister presented cash donation for the oldest man and woman and homes for the aged in states and regions to the director-general of Social Welfare Department.

The minister, the deputy minister and officials presented cash and kind to the aged.

On behalf of the aged, an elderly person spoke words of thanks.