11-17-2

If you or your parents and relatives are Senior Citizen ID card holders, you need to know what specific benefits you are entitled to here in the Philippines.  Here is a summary of these privileges and the types of establishments where you can avail of the said benefits.

20% discount and VAT exemption:

  1. Medical-related privileges
    • 20% discount on medicines and drugs, essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment such as:
      • Purchase of eyeglasses
      • Hearing aids
      • Dentures
      • Prosthetics
      • Artificial bone replacements like steel, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, canes.
      • Geriatric diapers.
    • Medical and dental services in private facilities such as:
      • Dental x-rays
      • Computerized tomography scans
      • Blood tests requested by a physician as necessary for diagnosis and / or treatment of an illness or injury.
    • Professional fees for attending physicians, licensed health workers providing home health care services.
  2. Domestic transportation privileges
    • 20% discount and VAT exemption for air and sea travel, including advanced booking.
    • 20% discount and VAT exemption on fare in public railways, including LRT, MRT, and PNR.
    • 20% discount and VAT exemption on fares in buses, jeepneys, taxi, and shuttle services (AUV).
  3. Hotels and restaurants
    • Discounts on resorts such as beach and mountain resorts.
    • Discounts shall be applied on room accommodation and other amenities offered by the establishment, not limited to the following examples:
      • Hotel-based parlors and barbershops;
      • Restaurants, massage and spa, workout gyms, swimming pools, KTV bars, internet facilities.
  4. Recreational and places of leisure.
    • Discounts on the utilization of services in the form of fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities or equipment.
    • Discounts on ballroom dancing, yoga, badminton courts, bowling lanes, table or lawn tennis, workout gyms, and martial arts facilities.
  5. Admission fees privileges.
    • Discounts on admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses, and concert halls.
    • Discounts on other similar places of culture, leisure, and amusement such as museums and parks.
  6. Funeral and burial services.

The beneficiary or any person who shall shoulder the funeral and burial expenses of the deceased senior citizen, shall claim the discount under this Rule for the deceased senior citizen upon presentation of the death certificate.

Coverage includes expenses for: casket, embalming, cremation costs, and other related services.

7.  Income Tax Exemption

The senior citizen shall be entitled to exemption from the payment of the individual income tax, provided he / she is considered to be minimum wage earner in accordance with RA 9504.

8. Exemption from Training Fees

The senior citizen shall be exempted from training fees for socio-economic programs conducted by private and government agencies subject to the guidelines issues by the DTI, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the DA, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Science and Technology – Technology Resource Center (DOST – TRC).

9. Free vaccinations for indigent senior citizens.

This includes influenza virus and pneumococcal disease vaccines; the vaccines are administered by the DOH.

10. Educational privileges

a. Educational assistance for post secondary, post tertiary, vocational, and technical education.

b. These may be taken in public and private schools through provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies, and other incentives.

11. Benefits and privileges for retirees.

The government may grant special discounts on special programs for senior citizens on purchase of basic necessities and prime commodities.

Said programs must be developed by concerned departments with the concerned department’s jurisdiction.

12. Express lane privileges.

These shall be provided in all private, banking, commercial, and government establishments; in the absence thereof, priority shall be given to them.

Source: http://www.gov.ph/services/senior-citizens

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