• Senior citizens can use other cards to enjoy 20 discount – Binay

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    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.

     

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    3 Comments

    1. As a senior citizen, the question that nags me is how often can we be granted the discount privilege for purchases we make? Cashiers at supermarkets, particularly SM always demand for the card where items bought are listed for the purpose of monitoring the frequency of visits to the counter saying discounts may only be given on single purchase only once-a-week. I consider it messy for aging or forgetful seniors to be bringing with them this list card aside from the ID itself but, needless to say, necessary under the present circumstances, lest discount will be denied.

    2. Please advise Mercury how to deal with forgetful customers like me who keep on forgetting where they last placed their medical booklets. Kahit na 2 pieces, ayaw nilang ideskwento pag walang booklet!!!

    3. Rosauro Feliciano on

      Is RA 9994 applicable to Filipinos coming to the Philippines for visiting relatives? Can the Vice President please answer this question thru the facility of an internet address rosauro_feliciano@yahoo.com? Of course not all who are residing outside the Philippines by force of circumstances are rich; most of them are dependents of their children and have no income or even from the SSS or from the GSIS.