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What is the No Balance Billing?

No Balance Billing or NBB is a privilege given to qualified PhilHealth members.  If you are covered by the NBB policy, you no longer need to pay for your hospitalization at any government hospital and selected private medical centers nationwide.  It is the government that pays for the member’s hospital expenses without prejudice to the quality of service and attention given to the patient.

Who are covered by the NBB Policy?

  • Indigent members
  • Sponsored members
  • Kasambahay members
  • Lifetime members
  • Senior Citizens

What services and benefits are covered by the NBB Policy?

All services and benefits afforded to other PhilHealth members are likewise extended to those under the NBB policy, such as:

  • All case rates
  • Case Type Z benefits
  • TB-DOTS package
  • Outpatient Malaria Package
  • Animal Bite Treatment Package
  • Voluntary Surgical Contraception Package
  • Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment (OHAT) Package

Which packages can be availed through NBB at both private and public hospitals?

NBB is currently offered at the following medical facilities:

Type of Facility Government

Hospital

Private

Hospital

Benefits Covered by NBB
Hospital Yes No All applicable benefits covered by NBB for hospitals.
Malaria – outpatient case Yes No Outpatient Malaria Package
Animal Bite Treatment Centers Yes No Animal Bite Treatment Package
Treatment Hubs Yes No Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment Package
Hospitals that offer Z Benefits Package Yes Yes Z Benefits Packages
Ambulatory Surgical Clinics Yes Yes All applicable benefits covered by the NBB, such as:

·         Cataract extraction

·         Bilateral Tubal Ligation

·         Vasectomy

Freestanding Dialysis Clinics Yes Yes Dialysis Package
Peritoneal Dialysis Center Yes Yes Peritoneal Dialysis
TB-DOTS Centers Yes Yes TB-DOTS Package
Lying-in Clinics (Maternity Cases) Yes Yes ·         Maternity Care Package

·         Antenatal Care

·         Normal Spontaneous Delivery

·         Newborn Care Package

·         Family Planning Procedures

Facilities for Primary Care Benefits Yes Yes ·         Primary Care Benefits

·         Family Planning

·         Procedures

Infirmaries / Dispensaries Yes Yes Public Infirmaries:

All applicable benefits covered by the NBB, including vasectomy.

 

Private Infirmaries:

·         Maternity Care Package

·         Antenatal Care

·         Normal Spontaneous Delivery

·         Newborn Care Package.

Will NBB be applied to a patient who is admitted on a private bed?

NBB is applicable only to service beds or PhilHealth beds?  If no service bed is available the time of admission, NBB can still be applied as long as the hospital guarantees that there are no service beds available.

Does the NBB Policy cover doctors’ professional fees?

Yes, that’s why doctors are not supposed to bill patients under the NBB policy; however, if the patient is admitted to a private room, doctor’s fees will still apply.

What if the hospital could not provide the needed medicines, laboratory, and diagnostic tests and the patient is compelled to transfer to a different facility?

It is the government hospital’s obligation to ensure that they have ample stocks of medicines, especially for NBB patients.

In case they are not able to provide the needed laboratory or diagnostic tests, they shall be held responsible and will have to make sure that the NBB patient is given the needed medicines and tests at their expense.

For more information on the No Balance Billing Policy, you may call the PhilHealth hotline at 02-441-7442.  They are able to take your calls, 24×7.

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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09 - 20

The government has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017 as a National Day of Protest as the country commemorates the 45th year of the declaration of Martial Law.  Effectively, work in the executive branches of the government, local government units (LGUs), as well as classes in all levels of public schools are suspended.  This is to allow militant groups to exercise their right to demonstrations of protests, reminding them only to “act within the bounds of law and maintain a peaceful conduct of rallies.”

Suspension of work and classes in private firms, schools, and other businesses are left to the sound discretion of their respective heads.

If you have a scheduled appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there is no need to seek a new appointment as consular offices all over the country will remain open on the said date.  Applicants who are entitled to the DFA’s courtesy lanes (senior citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and OFWs) are likewise encouraged to proceed with their planned visits as DFA personnel will be ready and waiting to attend to their applications and other concerns.

It is business as usual at the DFA.  Only take note of the routes that may be clogged with protesters so you don’t waste your time in traffic.

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Reference: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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In the first week of September (2017), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it has opened more appointment slots for Pinoys seeking to apply for a new passport or have their old ones renewed.  The additional slots came from the 1,200 reserved (daily) slots for travel agencies and DFA employees.

Yes, even DFA employees have to adjust to the new mandate so that only their immediate family members are extended the privilege of an assured appointment with the DFA.  Immediate family members include parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.  The courtesy lanes remain open for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, solo parents, children below seven yearls old, and Overseas Filipino Workers.

More good news from the DFA came in late last week when they announced the redesigned online appointment system.  Here are the highlights of the new and improved online passport appointment system:

  • Fully-booked dates are shown in red while available slots are in green.
    • This makes searching for an available date and time easier rather than clicking on each and every date.
  • Feedback mechanism activated.
    • This ensures that applicants are informed of any concerns on their application and how they can resolve the problem.
    • These include discrepancies on provided information, documents submitted.
    • Applicants are given ample time to prepare for the lacking requirements ahead of time, instead of finding out about the problems just when they are about to claim their passports.
  • Automatic reminder for people who are exempted from making online appointments:
    • Senior Citizens
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Pregnant women
    • Solo parents
    • Children seven years old and below
    • OFWs

The reminder was put in place because most of the time, even if the applicant is entitled to use the courtesy lane, they still apply for an appointment online and wait in line for their turn.  With the reminder, they would know right away that they can proceed to a DFA office, freeing up the appointment slots that they would otherwise book.

The DFA promised to deploy more improvements, not just on the online application system, but in all aspects of their services to the public.  They said that their utmost concern are the comfort and security of people who visit their offices everyday, from the head office in Aseana to all satellite and consular offices and foreign posts.

If you have questions about the DFA online appointment system, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.tempo.com.ph

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08 - 29

My mom is a senior citizen enjoying all perks and privileges offered by our government to citizens her age.  She gets to beat long lines at grocery stores and rest rooms, watches movies for free at the mall at least once a week, and gets discounts when dining out.

As her designated carer, my major concern is her health.  Because of her age and deteriorating immune system, she now easily catches minor illnesses like cough and colds.  Lately, she has been complaining of a nagging pain in her right eye; sometimes, it would radiate to her right temple and then progress to a full-blown headache.  In times like these, we are thankful that our senior citizen mom is covered by Philhealth.  We are assured of assistance if only with her hospital bills.

If you are caring for a senior parent or grandparent, it is important that you are well-versed with the Philhealth’s medical assistance coverage for the elderly.  I have summarized the following information about senior citizens’ automatic membership with the Philhealth; this has helped me and my siblings understand and appreciate Philhealth’s efforts at providing much-needed assistance in our parents’ medical needs.

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In what membership category will Philhealth enroll senior citizens with no coverage?

The Senior Citizen category shall be for a senior citizen who is:

  1. Not yet issued with a Philhealth Identification Number or PIN;
  2. A member in the formal or informal economy but has not qualifying contributions to be entitled to the Program benefits;
  3. Not an identified indigent under the National Household Targeting Systems for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or listahan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
  4. Not currently a Sponsored Member;
  5. Not yet qualified as a Lifetime Member; and
  6. A qualified dependent of an NHIP member who has been declared in Philhealth’s membership database.

Can a Senior Citizen member declare dependents?

Yes, just like any other Philhealth Member.

What if the dependent of a Senior Citizen is a senior citizen as well?

Dependents of Senior Citizen members who are senior citizens themselves, e.g. legal spouses, can be enrolled as “Senior Citizen” members too.

What about senior citizens who are gainfully employed?  Will they continue to remit contributions?

Yes, senior citizens who are gainfully employed or remains to have a regular source of income shall continue to contribute to the NHIP.

Is the Senior Citizen category the same with the Lifetime Member Category?

No.  The LMP members need not pay contributions to be eligible to the benefits.  The Senior Citizen members have premium contributions which are paid from the proceeds of the Sin Tax Law.

What are the benefit entitlements of Senior Citizens?

Senior Citizen members will be entitled to benefits for inpatient hospital care, day/ambulatory services, Z-benefits and other special benefit packages.

Starting January 2015, Senior Citizen members along with the Lifetime Members and those registered as Kasambahays aged 60 years old and above shall also be entitled to the Primary Care Benefit Package: Tamang Servisyo sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya (Tsekap).

Will Senior Citizen Members be entitled to the No Balance Billing Policy of Philhealth?

Yes, along with Lifetime Members and those registered as Kasambahays aged 60 years old and above.

How will Senior Citizens avail of the benefits?

Senior Citizens only need to present their senior citizen card, MDR or any accepted proof of identity and age; provided the hospital has an HCI Portal installed.

A PBEF that says “YES” – the patient is entitled to the benefits shall serve as a basis for automatic deduction.

In case the hospital has no portal installed, the PBEF says ‘NO’, or the senior citizen was not able to enroll before discharge, then the following may be attached to the usual claims documents:

  1. duly accomplished Philhealth Member Registration Form (PMRF); and
  2. an acceptable proof of status as senior citizen including but not limited to the Senior Citizen’s Identification Card and Birth Certificate.

Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

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It has been more than a year since we featured House Bill No. 5060 or the Philippine Identification System Act.  This is the bill that will require all Filipinos to be issued a national identification card that will serve as their main identification for all government transactions, claims, use of government-mandated benefits, and applying for clearances from the NBI and PNP.   At that time, the said bill has just been signed and approved by the House of Representatives and was passed on to the Senate for deliberation.

While the country is eagerly awaiting the finality the National ID System Act, the Department of Finance (DOF) came up with an additional proposal to tap the ID as a means to determine an individual’s privilege to certain subsidies, discounts, and tax exemptions under the law.

How do these additional parameters affect the National ID System’s initial purpose?

Apart from the National ID being an all-in-one valid ID (except as a Driver’s License and Passport), the DOF is proposing that it contain biometrics data to determine a citizen’s entitlement to certain subsidies and benefits provided by the government.

For example, if a PWD is entitled to discounts on medicines, fare, and education, his (national) ID alone should be enough to determine his eligibility for such discounts.  Another possibility that the DOF is looking at is to activate an EMV (Europay-Mastercard-Visa) chip in the card.  Through this chip, the card can double as an ATM card where the owner may receive cash subsidies from the government, if he or she is legally entitled to such benefits.  It simplifies the identification and benefits disbursement process, both for the government and the recipient.

Do these new proposals affect the anticipated release and distribution of the IDs?

It does.

The issuance of the IDs will be done in batches.  Since the DOF has expressed its intention of tapping the National ID to address the long process of applying and claiming benefits for individuals with special needs, senior citizens and persons with disabilities are seen to be the first recipients of these IDs.  Soon after, members of the 5.2 million poor households that are not yet covered by the conditional cash transfer program of the DSWD will follow.

All in all, the government plans to provide IDs to the more than 100 million Filipinos in two years’ time, after the bill is enacted into law.

Who will issue the IDs?

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shall be responsible for the proper issuance of the ID cards.

We will keep this thread updated on the progress of the proposed National ID System.  If you have any questions or related information you would like to share, please feel free to send us a message.  We will do our best to find the answers for you.

Sources:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.dof.gov.ph

www.philstar.com

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As a Senior Citizen, you can either buy your medicines personally or have someone else run the errand for you.  To be sure you are given your rightful discounts and privileges when purchasing your medicines, take note of the following reminders and requirements:

To avail of the 20% discount on medicines:

  1. Present your Senior Citizen’s ID and Purchase Slip Booklet duly approved by the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) Chairman.
  2. Present the Doctor’s prescription, making sure the following are clearly written:
    • Patient’s name, age, address, and date of prescription.
    • Generic name of the prescribed medicine.
    • Name and address of the doctor.
    • Doctor’s PTR number and S2 license (the latter is vital especially when prescribed medicines fall under the “prohibited and regulated drug” category).
  3. If the Senior Citizen patient could not afford the consultation fees of a private doctor, he may visit the nearest health center or government hospital in his area and secure a prescription free of charge.
  4. Any single dispensing should not be more than one week’s supply of medicines except of the following chronic conditions that require continuous use of medicines for a month:
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Arthritis
    • TB
    • Cancer
    • Psychosis
    • Other illnesses that require extensive medication

The following should be recorded in a special record Book of Senior Citizens Discount provided under RA 7432:

  1. Name of Senior Citizen
  2. Address
  3. SC ID number
  4. Generic name of the drug/medicine
  5. Number of units dispensed

Take note that some pharmacies may require additional proof of identification in cases when only a representative is sent to purchase the medicines.  While they acknowledge the fact that some Senior Citizens may not be physically able to visit a pharmacy, they also need to ensure that these medicines are dispensed for the Senior Citizen’s consumption only.

If you are sending someone else to buy your medicines for you, make sure he has all the required documents and is also ready with his own identification cards.

Source: http://www.doh.gov.ph

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03 - 17

Since Filipino Senior Citizens are automatically granted VAT exemptions and certain discounts on their purchases, does it also follow that they should be exempted from paying income taxes as well?

We cannot deny the fact that a lot of Filipinos in their senior years are still gainfully employed and have become immensely successful at their chosen careers. And while they are entitled to the full benefits and privileges mandated by law for senior citizens, many are wondering if they should still be paying their income taxes and other government contributions like their SSS, Philhealth, and Pagibig.

The official website of the Philippine Gazette (www.gov.ph) provides a straightforward outline of who should be paying income taxes to the government.  Below is a quick summary:

You should file your income tax return if:

  1. You are a Filipino citizen living in the Philippines, receiving income from sources within or outside the Philippines, and if –
    • You are employed by two or more employers, any time during the taxable year.
    • You are self-employed, either through conduct of trade or professional practice.
    • You are deriving mixed income.  This means you have been an employee and a self-employed individual during the taxable year.
    • You derive other non-business, non-professional related income in addition to compensation income not otherwise subject to a final tax.
    • You are married, employed by a single employer, and your income has been correctly withheld – the tax due is equal to the tax withheld – but your spouse is not entitled to substituted filing.
    • You are a marginal income earner.
    • Your income tax during the past calendar year was not withheld correctly – if the tax due is not equal to the tax withheld.
  2. You are a non-resident citizen – if you are a Filipino who works or resides abroad – receiving income from sourced within the Philippines.  (You are taxable only for the income you earn from the Philippines.)
  3. You are not a Filipino citizen but you receive income from sources within the Philippines, regardless of your residency.  (You are taxable only for the income you earn from the Philippines).

You are not required to file an income tax return, if:

  • You are a minimum wage earner.
  • Your gross income (total earned for the past year) does not exceed your total personal and additional exemptions.
  • Your income derived from a single employer does not exceed P60,000 and the income tax on which has been correctly withheld.
  • Your income has been subjected to final withholding tax.
  • You are qualified for substituted filing.

Clearly, employed Senior Citizens are not included in the income tax payment exemption unless they are minimum wage earners.

In the same manner, employed senior citizens whose SSS, Philhealth, and PagIBIG contributions are still shared with their employers must still continue paying their contributions out of their salary.  These payments shall continue to form part of their retirement and pension benefits the moment they officially retire from employment.

Source: www.gov.ph

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03 - 16

Magandang balita!  Kung ikaw ay edad 60 years old pataas at isang Filipino citizen, ikaw ay automatic na miyembro na ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation o Philhealth!  Maaari mo nang magamit at ma-enjoy ang iyong mga Philhealth benefits gamit lamang ang iyong Senior Citizen ID, PSA birth certificate, o ano mang ID na magpapatunay na ikaw ay edad 60 years old pataas.

Narito ang mga karagdagang impormasyon kung papano makakakuha ng Philhealth ID ang mga Senior Citizen.  Madaling lang!

May dalawang paraan ng pag enroll para makakuha ng Philhealth ID:

  1. Bulk Enrollment.
    • May listahan ng pangalan ng mga senior citizen sa isang siyudad o munisipalidad ang mga local health insurance offices ng Philhealth.  Siguraduhing nakapagpa lista kayo upang maisama kayo sa bulk enrollment.
    • Ang lahat ng qualified senior citizens (edad lang ang qualification) ay isasama sa bulk enrollment.
    • Ang inyong Philhealth IDs ay idedeliver sa Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).
  2. Individual Enrollment
    • Requirements:
      • Duly accomplished Philhealth Member Registraton Form.
      • 1 x 1 photo taken within the last six months.
      • Senior Citizens’ ID na mula sa OSCA ng siyudad o munisipalidad kung saan nakatira ang senior citizen OR
      • Kahit na anong valid government-issued ID tulad ng Passport, Driver’s License, SSS o GSIS ID, PRC ID, Postal ID, Voter’s ID.

Kung wala pang Senior Citizen ID, mag apply na sa OSCA kung saan kayo nakatira.  Narito ang mga requirements kapag maga-apply ng Senior Citizen ID:

  1. Ihanda ang mga sumusunod na requirements:
    • PSA Birth Certificate
    • 2 pcs 1 x1 colored photo
    • Valid ID (kahit alin sa mga sumusunod: SSS, GSIS, PRC, Voter’s ID, Postal ID, Passport).
  2. Pumunta sa OSCA ng city o municipality kung saan nakatira ang Senior Citizen at i-submit ang mga requirements.
  3. Ang staff ng OSCA ang siyang maglalagay ng mga detalye sa inyong Senior Citizen ID base sa mga impormasyon sa inyong birth certificate at mga ID.
  4. Bago pirmahan ang ID card, basahing mabuti at i-confirm kung tama lahat ng impormasyong isinulat sa inyong ID, tapos ay pirmahan.

Ang ibang cities at municipalities ay nagbibigay ng one-hour orientation bago ibigay ang ID sa mga members.  Mag attend kayo nito sakaling i-require.

Kumuha na ng inyong Senior Citizen at Philhealth IDs sa pinakamalapit na OSCA sa inyong lugar!

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03 - 15

In one of our long drives to the North last December, we met a large group of travelers having a noisy lunch in a bus stopover in Pangasinan.  They were the picture of a typical Pinoy family taking a balikbayan relative and her senior expat husband on a tour to the provinces.  The mood in their area was joyful until the waitress handed their bill and the senior citizens started whipping out their SC cards; everyone, including the senior expat.

When the waitress returned with their receipt and change, she informed the group that their restaurant only honors SC IDs from Filipino citizens.  After making this announcement, she handed the senior expat’s senior citizen ID while the rest of the group sat in stunned silence.

On their way out, I heard the expat ask his Filipina wife, in straight Tagalog: “Bakit hindi nila tinanggap itong ID ko? Dual citizen ako ah!  Amerikano at Filipino!”

This got me reeling in my seat!  If the guy was Fil-Am by citizenship, then he should have been granted the SC discount!

Should alien seniors enjoy the same SC benefits granted to Pinoy seniors?

I checked on this topic and was able to confirm that alien seniors do not have senior citizen privileges in the Philippines.  Back in 2014, a couple of congressmen submitted a proposal for elderly foreigners to be granted the same benefits offered to Filipino senior citizens.  According to the lawmakers, elderly foreigners also have relevant and considerable contributions in our local economy since they bring in investments, patronize local businesses, and some take up permanent residence in the country.

The report on this proposal is yet to be updated.

Are senior citizen privileges extended to Pinoy balikbayans and residents with dual citizenship?

Yes.  The Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2003 (RA No. 9257) describes “Senior Citizen or Elderly” as any Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines, and who is sixty (60) years old or above.

Clearly, the discount privileges and priority in most commercial establishments are reserved to Filipino seniors.  And if we were to plainly look at the expat in that busy restaurant, with his sunburned shoulders, blue eyes, and hawk nose, he would certainly not pass for a Filipino.  And on the basis of physical appearances, he is obviously not qualified for senior citizen discounts in the country.

But what if what he was saying was true? That he has dual citizenship and has a valid Philippine Senior Citizen ID?  Was it right for that restaurant to deny him his rightful discounts?

The complete description of Senior Citizen or Elderly as stated in RA 9257 also includes the following:

It may apply to senior citizens with “dual citizenship” status provided they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six (6) months residency in the Philippines.” (Rule III, Article 5).

Based on this provision in RA 9257, the elderly senior at that restaurant, assuming he really has dual citizenship, should have been granted senior citizen discounts at that restaurant.

What if the elderly resident (with dual citizenship) does not have a Senior Citizen ID yet?

Still according to RA 9257, not having a Senior Citizen ID is no reason to be denied your rightful privileges.  The following IDs may be presented and the establishment should honor these IDs:

  1. An ID issued by the city or municipal mayor or of the barangay captain of the place where the senior citizen or the elderly resides;
  2. The passport of the elderly person or senior citizen concerned; and
  3. Other documents that establish that the senior citizen or elderly person is a citizen of the Republic and is at least sixty (60) years of age.” (Section 4, R.A. No. 9257).
  4. Senior Citizens’ Identification Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the elderly resides;
  5. The Philippine passport of the elderly person or senior citizen concerned; and
  6. Other valid documents that establish the senior citizen or elderly person as a citizen of the Republic and at least sixty (60) years of age,  which shall include but not be limited to the following government-issued identification documents indicating an elderly’s birth date or age:
    • Driver’s license
    • Voter’s ID
    • SSS/GSIS ID
    • Professional Regulations Commission Card
    • Postal ID (Rule III, Article 5.5, Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA No. 9257)

Therefore, if a senior citizen seeks to be granted senior citizen privileges and is able to present any of the above-mentioned proofs, the establishment is duty-bound to grant them the discounts and privileges, regardless if the elderly does not look like he is of Filipino descent.

It is likewise important to educate operators and staff of establishments frequented by senior citizens such as pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, and amusement centers.  Most people would easily believe that foreigners are not entitled to the same benefits that Filipinos enjoy in the country, but based on the provisions in RA 9257, this theory may not always be true.

Sources:

http://www.gov.ph/2004/02/06/republic-act-no-9257/

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/105530/alien-seniors-should-get-discounts-too

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03 - 13

A Senior Citizen ID card holder may enjoy two free movies at cinemas in Quezon City on specific days.  When dining or buying medicines, they are granted a 20% discount off of the cost of their meals and medications.  They are also given priority seats in public transportation and are granted the best slots in parking areas.

All’s well until they find themselves lined up at grocery counters.  Most first time SC card holders are surprised to find out that the 20% discount and VAT exemption applied on certain goods and services for use and enjoyment of Senior Citizens are not applicable on grocery items.

What are the discountable goods and services mentioned in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2000?

Our research on this topic led us back to the RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2000 where it is clearly emphasized that the 20% discount and VAT exemption are applicable to the charges on the following goods and services ONLY:

  1. Medicines, including the purchase of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines and such other essential medical supplies, accessories, and equipment to be determined by the Department of Health (DOH);
  2. Professional fees of attending physicians in all private hospitals, medical facilities, outpatient clinics, and home health  care services;
  3. Professional fees of licensed professional health providing home health care services as endorsed by private hospitals or employed through home health care employment agencies;
  4. Medical and dental services, diagnostic and laboratory fees in all private hospitals, medical facilities, outpatient clinics, and home health care services, in accordance with the rules and regulations to be issued by the DOH, in coordination with Philhealth;
  5. Actual fare for land transportation travel in public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, taxis, AUVs, trains;
  6. Actual transportation fare for domestic air transport services and sea shipping vessels and the like, based on the actual fare and advanced booking;
  7. Utilization of services in hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants, and recreation centers;
  8. Admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses, and concert halls, circuses, leisure and amusement, and
  9. Funeral and burial services for the death of the senior citizen.

The 5% Discount on Basic Commodities

While the 20% Senior Citizen discount is not applicable on grocery items, Senior Citizens may demand for the 5% discount for certain grocery purchases that fall under the “basic necessities and prime commodities” category.

According to DTI-DA Administrative Order No. 10-02, Senior Citizens are entitled to a special discount of 5% of the regular retail price, without exemption from value-added tax, of basic necessities, such as:

  1. Rice
  2. Corn
  3. Bread (any shape and name, excluding pastries and cakes)
  4. Fresh, dried, and canned fish and other marine products
  5. Fresh pork, beef, and poultry meat
  6. Fresh eggs
  7. Fresh and processed milk
  8. Fresh vegetables including root crops
  9. Coffee and creamer
  10. Sugar
  11. Cooking oil
  12. Salt
  13. Powdered, liquid, bar laundry and detergent soap
  14. Firewood
  15. Charcoal
  16. Candles
  17. Fresh fruits
  18. Flour
  19. Dried, processed, and canned pork, beef and poultry meat
  20. Dairy products
  21. Noodles
  22. Onions
  23. Garlic
  24. Geriatric diapers
  25. Herbicides
  26. Poultry, swine, and cattle feeds
  27. Veterinary products of poultry, swine, and cattle
  28. Nipa shingle, plyboard, and construction nails
  29. Batteries
  30. Electrical supplies and light bulbs
  31. Steel wire

Can Senior Citizens avail of the 5% special discount on these items anytime?

This is where it gets a bit tricky.

When availing of the 5% special discount, the total amount of the purchase must not exceed Php 1,300 per calendar week.  The unused amount for the current week shall not be carried over to the following week.  Be reminded as well that the items must be commensurate to the personal and exclusive consumption of the senior citizen within the calendar week and that the amount allocated shall be spent on at least four (4) kinds of items only.

This is also the reason why most cities and municipalities require Senior Citizens to present, not just their IDs, but their Senior Citizen booklets as well.  This is their way of monitoring the purchases made by the Senior Citizen and if he may still avail of the 5% special discount for a particular week.

Sources:

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

http://www.manilatimes.net/senior-citizens-entitled-to-5-discount-for-grocery-items/220815/

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