Last Updated on June 12, 2017 by Marie Bautista
Republic Act No. 9994, otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” gave senior citizens, or those resident citizens of the the Philippines 60 years old and above, benefits such as 20 percent discount on their basic purchases of basic essential goods and services such as medicines, transportation, medical and dental fees, and hotel and restaurant services. Purchases covered by the discount are also considered exempt from the value-added tax.
This 20% discount and Vat exemption can only be availed of by a Senior Citizen if he has a Senior Citizen ID, right?
Senior Citizens can avail of the benefits under the Republic Act by using either the following Identification Cards:
- Philippine Passport
- Senior Citizens’ Identification Card
- Driver’s License
- SSS/GSIS ID
- PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) Card
- Postal ID or
- Voter’s ID.
The following is an infographic provided by ABS-CBN News on what benefits our elderly should be enjoying under the Republic Act:
Farida JT says
it's nice to be a senior because of these benefits, hahaha! kidding aside, there are some establishments who do not honor the senior citizen discount. tsk tsk…
Mayette Domencil says
Ay ganun pala yun. I thought yun senior citizen ID lang ang pwede nila magamit to avail the discount. Now a know, my mom kasi always forgot yun senior citizen ID nya e. Thanks for the information sis.
I just hope that establishment will honor this discount for the elderly, because like what Farida, there are establishments who do not honor this law.
Allan Domencil says
wow, thanks for this one. when dining outside, we used to present MIL's senoir citizen card to avail of the discount. Medyo malaki din kasi ang nababawas. Pero minsan kapag nalimutan namin ung card nya we never get that discount. Now I know that Senoir Citizen card is not the only ID we can show to the cashier. Pwede pala ung iba. Thanks for this info.
Melgie Campbell says
Great! Malaki ang maitutulong nito to all the senior citizen. Thank you so much sa info na pwede din pala voters Id card or postal. I'm gonna share this news to my lola para naman alam nila. Thanks, Sis:)