FAST FACTS: What benefits are senior citizens entitled to?

MANILA, Philippines – In 1994, former president Fidel Ramos declared the first week of October as Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino (Elderly Filipino Week) through Proclamation No. 470.

Every year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with other government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs), lead the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week.

This is to emphasize the important role of older persons in nation-building, and to raise and address issues concerning the sector.

Based on the 2010 census, about 7 million – aged 60 years old and over –comprise our population. They are provided with benefits and privileges through the following legislation:

Through years of upgrading and expanding services, here’s a list of benefits and privileges our elderly are entitled to:

DISCOUNTS*

EXEMPTIONS

FREEBIES

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

OTHERS

In order to avail of these benefits, the senior citizen or his/her authorized representative shall present a valid and original Senior Citizens’ Identification Card. Details for ID application may be found here

*Here are some things to take note on purchases:

Credit Card Payments
20% discount and VAT exemption shall also apply to purchase of goods and services paying through credit cards.

No double discounts
In cases where the senior citizen is also a person with disability (PWD), the senior citizen can only use either his/her senior citizen ID or PWD ID to avail of a 20% discount.

Tax deduction
Establishments may claim the discounts as tax deductions based on the cost of goods sold or services rendered. — Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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