Phitsanulok and JICA signs 10-year strategic plan toward a sustainable aging society MoU

The College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University organized the public hearing and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Phitsanulok Municipality to support the 10-year strategic plan for the Municipality of Phitsanulok for a sustainable aging society. It was held at the Ayutthaya conference room, Topland Hotel, Phitsanulok on the 15th of September 2017.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, Acting Director of the College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University (CHSM-NU) and the Advisor of the Sustainable Development Project with the support of JICA and the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board heads in administering the public forum. This is in partnership with Phitsanulok Municipality Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Architecture. It aims to listen to feedback and suggestions from the people and different organizations affiliated with the 10-year strategic plan to support a sustainable aging society in Phitsanulok. To achieve an efficient and integrated operation; there should be continuity, sustainability, and concrete plan to attain the set goals that are sustainable under the vision of “beautiful landscape, happy people.”

The Phitsanulok Municipality and the corresponding national and International Organizations signed two sets of documents during the signing ceremony of the MoU on the cooperation for the 10-year strategic plan to support the aging society of Phitsanulok.

First is the Memorandum of Cooperation Agreement between Phitsanulok Municipality Office and ALMEC Corporation of Japan to coordinate the implementation of The Project on Preparation of Sustainable Aging Society at Phitsanulok Municipality. This is within the development program of the Sustainable Future City Initiative. The MoU was signed by Mr. Boonsong Tanthanee, Mayor of Phitsanulok and Dr. Katsuwid Nagayama, Managing Director of ALMEC Corporation.

The second MoU is a collaboration, integration, and cooperation among seven departments to support the implementation of the 10-Year Strategic Plan, for the Ageing Society of Phitsanulok. These seven different sectors signed the second MoU: Phitsanulok Municipality, ALMEC Corporation, Naresuan University, represented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wittayan Sila, Vice President, acting as the President of the Office of Public Works and Town Planning, Phitsanulok office of Social Development and Human Security, Phitsanulok Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Public Policy Development Support for the aging society.

To build cooperation in the integration and collaboration to implement the 10-year strategic plan for the aging society in Phitsanulok; a concrete action must be going. By setting a supportive approach, and assess the obstacles to the strategy; it is important to promote cooperation in the development of the potential of the personnel of each agency. It is also necessary to drive the strategy to support older people and promote the development of knowledge in response to sustainable development to support the aging society in the Municipality of Phitsanulok.