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Senior Citizens Discounts – Requirements, Rights, Benefits and Privileges

Discounts, Requirements, Rights, Benefits and Privileges of Pinoy Senior Citizens

There has been a significant amount of budget that has been apportioned to the social pension fund of senior citizens by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The goal is to reach at least 1.3 M senior citizens that would benefit from it. The apportioned are for Indigent Senior Citizens (SocPen). It covers elderly people that are weak, sickly, no form of pension received, and no personal or family source for income/support. SocPen states that Php 500 will be received quarterly by senior citizens each month. But there are other benefits that are provided by the government.

Discounts

senior citizens will receive 20% discount on the following:

Medical and Dental related

  • Medicine and drug purchases.
  • Medical supplies, accessories, and equipment.
  • Medical and dental services.
  • Professional fees of attending physician.
  • Professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services.

Transportation related

  • Land: LRT, MRT, PNR, buses, jeepneys, taxi and shuttle services.
  • Hotels, restaurants, recreational facilities, places of leisure.
  • Hotels, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, leisure and amusement.
  • Recreation centers.
  • Fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities and equipment

Funeral related

  • Funeral and burial expenses include casket or urn, embalming, cremation cost, and other services.

Utility discount

  • Minimum of 5% discount relative to the monthly use of water and electricity, given that the meter is registered under the senior citizen residing therein and does not exceed 100 kWh and 30 m³.

Exemptions

  • Tax exemption.
  • Exemption from payment of individual income tax of those who are considered to be minimum wage earners.
  • Training fee exemption.
  • Training fees for socio-economic programs conducted by private and government agencies subject to the guidelines issued by DTI, DOLE, DA, TESDA and DOST-TRC.

Government assistance

  • Social Pension
    • Entitled to a monthly stipend of Php500 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs.
  • Mandatory PhilHealth coverage
    • Covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth.
  • Social safety nets (includes, but not limited to, food, medicines, and financial assistance for house repair to cushion effects of economic, disaster and calamity shocks.)
  • Death benefit assistance.
    • minimum of Php2,000 shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen.

Other privileges

  • Express lanes
    • Express lanes in all private, banking, commercial and government establishments; priority shall be given in their absence.
  • Educational privileges.
    • Assistance shall be given to those who wish to pursue education through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives.
  • In the case of retirees, these are the benefits and privileges:
    • Continuance of the same benefits and privileges by GSIS, SSS, and PAG-IBIG as enjoyed by those in active service.
    • Privileges on special discounts in special programs
    • Provided with benefits and privileges through the following legislation:

One must have a Senior Citizen’s ID in order to enjoy these benefits and privileges.

Requirements

  • Birth Certificate
  • Latest 1X1 colored photo
  • Valid ID

Then go to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) nearest to you and apply. The staff will fill the card with necessary information. Once its finish, you will have to sign.

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