Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Benefits of Philippine Senior Citizens under the Expanded Act

My  pop just turned 60 years old and it quite overwhelms him since he is way older but enjoys now the benefits of being a senior citizen.

So, with this new transition in his life, I am featuring the benefits of Senior Citizens under the The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 that lists the benefits and privileges not included in the Senior Citizens Act of 1992 (Republic Act No. 7432).

Here is the excerpt taken from

  • A 20-percent discount and exemption from the value-added tax on the sale of goods and services (medicines, medical and dental fees, transport fares, services in hotels and restaurants, admission fees in theaters and other places of leisure)

    In case of discount promos, the senior citizens shall avail themselves of either the promotional discount or the 20-percent discount, whichever is higher.

    • Mandatory PhilHealth coverage

    Free medical and dental service, diagnostic and laboratory fees in all government facilities

    • A monthly stipend of P500

    For indigents, a P1,500-monthly stipend and free vaccination against the influenza virus and pneumococcal disease

    • A five-percent discount on water bills (if consumption is less than 30 cubic meters a month) and electric bills (if consumption is less than 100 kilowatt-hours)

    • Educational assistance for those who shall meet school admission requirements

Also, in the event that the senior citizen dies, the nearest relative  shall receive an assistance of Php 2,000.00. Also, hospitals, national and local government units are also mandated to have health programs for the elders. 

With these benefits, senior citizens may get to enjoy their retirement. In my pop's case, we wish he can enjoy the leisure of being an elderly (although it makes him grumble when he is called as one. hahhahah).

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