- The moment a Filipino citizen reaches the age of 60 years old, he is qualified to be a registered senior citizen in the country
- Read below the requirements for application and what are the discounts and benefits given to them as mandated by law
Aside from retirement, the moment you reached 60 years old calls for another workaround on your legal requirements as a senior citizen. Doing so may help you avail the discounts, tax exemptions, medical and financial assistance.
It is time to apply for your senior citizen ID or the OSCA ID card. Showing other identification cards to prove that you are elderly is not enough to avail all your perks and privileges.
Based on RA 9994 also known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, to qualify, you must be a Filipino citizen who is a resident of your city for at least 6 months and is at least 60 years old.
What do you need?
You need to fill up an OSCA application form, provide a recent 1×1” ID picture and photocopy any of the following: voter’s ID (Comelec). driver’s license, NBI clearance, polic
e clearance, old residence certificate, postal ID or any combination of identification documents confirming the applicant’s name, date of birth, and present address.
In case you lose your OSCA ID, you need to comply the following: Submit two (2) copies of an affidavit of loss. Submit two (2) copies of a polic
e or barangay report, and pay an ID replacement fee of one hundred pesos (P100.00).
Once you are already a registered senior citizen, here are the benefits you get to enjoy.
Senior citizens are entitled to a 20% discount exemption from the value-added tax (VAT) on some goods. Even if they do not anymore pay PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and SSS, they can avail of the OSCA ID and booklet.
Discounts include purchases of prescribed medicin
es, some medical supplies and equipment, food (dine-in or take out) in restaurants, selected grocery items (5%) and even payment for public transportation (20%) and hotels (including beach and mountain resort).
They are also entitled to a 5% discount on electricity and water bill.
As mandated by law, senior citizens are covered by the universal health insurance of PhilHealth. They just need to show their government-issued ID and register directly to PhilHealth.
In government offices and commercial establishments, there are dedicated express lanes where senior citizens can do their transactions.
They are free from paying training fees in any socio-economic programs organized by private and government institutions subject to guidelines by the DTI, DOLE, DAR, TESDA and DOST-TRC.
They can also visit government health facilities for free medical and dental services, flu and pneumococcal vaccinations.
If they plan to study, they may avail of scholarships and financial assistance for seniors’ education in public and private schools.
Of course, upon reaching the age of 100 years old, P100,000 and a letter of felicitation signed by the Philippine president is awarded to them.
All of these are benefits and privileges, a senior citizen in the Philippines can enjoy for their contribution to our society before their retirement.