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.