Elderly citizens can still enjoy their 20 percent discount even if they fail to present their senior citizens card as long as they can present other valid IDs, according to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.
Binay reminded business establishments to give senior citizens their 20 percent discount as mandated by law even if they don’t have their “white card” or senior citizen’s Identification Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) with them.
He issued the reminder as he lauded the Supreme Court decision 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.
He pointed out that under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9994 or the Senior Citizens Act of 2010, senior citizens may present other ID cards to avail themselves of the 20 per cent 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 other identification cards to prove that he is a Filipino and at least 60 years old such as a Philippine passport, driver’s license, voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, postal ID and other government-issued IDs indicating the cardholder’s age and birthday.
“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.