Elderly can show other IDs to enjoy 20% discount


The elderly are still entitled to their 20-percent discount privilege as long as they can present other valid identification (ID) cards in lieu of their senior citizens card.

Vice President Jejomar Binay reminded business establishments that the 20-percent discount applies even if the senior citizen doesn’t present the ID card issued by the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA).

Binay issued the reminder as he lauded the Supreme Court for upholding the constitutionality of the discount and tax deduction scheme for senior citizens.

“I welcome this decision of the Supreme Court. We should actually be looking at more benefits and privileges for our senior citizens as our way of thanking them for their contributions to our country,” the Vice President said.

Under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9994 or the Senior Citizens Act of 2010, senior citizens can show other ID cards to avail themselves of the 20-percent discount.

“I have heard reports that some establishments still refuse to grant senior citizens discount in the absence of a white card. There is no legal basis for such a policy,” Binay said.

He noted that under Rule III of the IRR, a senior citizen, or even his or her duly authorized representative, may present a Philippine passport, driver’s license, voter’s ID, SSS or GSIS ID, PRC card, postal ID and other government-issued IDs that indicate the cardholder’s age and birthday to prove that he is a Filipino and at least 60 years old.

“I encourage our senior citizens to report incidents of non-compliance to the concerned offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. I expect these offices to act promptly,” Binay added.


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  1. Edsel rogacion on

    I would like to thank Vice President Binay for protecting the rights of the senior citizens. What he has don for the citizens of Makati is exemplary. There should be a hot line toll free number to report any abuse.

  2. Do we need the senior citizen ID and booklet for prescription drugs or any ID as mentioned above is sufficient for prescribed drug purchase?

  3. I was glad to see VP Binay defend and support the senior citizens of the Philippines. My question is what about a senior citizen, like myself, I am a US citizen, retired from the US Navy in 1993 and have been granted a SEC 13A type visa. jThis put me in the immigration status as “PERMANENT RESIDENT IMMIGRANT”. My wife and I have been living here in Olongapo since my retirement, everything I receive as retirement is spent here in the Philippines. I have to file for a new I-CR card every five years at the cost of Php 2200.00 and a yearly registration Php 310.00, My question or comment is why can I not receive the same benefits as other senior citizens of the Philippines?

    Thank you for this oppertunity to express my views.