As provided in our Constitution, the state is duty-bound to recognize the rights of senior citizens by providing support though various social systems. Thus, senior citizens are granted benefits and privileges that range from 20% discount and VAT exemption to mandatory membership in the government’s healthcare system, Philhealth.
20% discount on:
-Medicine and drug purchases
-Medical supplies, accessories, and equipment
-Medical and dental services
-Professional fees of attending physician
-Professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services
Air and Sea
Land: LRT, MRT, PNR, buses, jeepneys, taxi and shuttle services
Hotels, restaurants, recreational facilities, places of leisure
Hotels, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, leisure and amusement
Fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities and equipment
Funeral and burial expenses include casket or urn, embalming, cremation cost, and other services.
Grant of a minimum of 5% discount relative to the monthly use of water and electricity, provided that the meter is registered under the name of the senior citizen residing therein and does not exceed 100 kWh and 30 m³.
Exemption from payment of individual income tax of those who are considered to be minimum wage earners
Training fee exemption
Training fees for socio-economic programs conducted by private and government agencies subject to the guidelines issued by DTI, DOLE, DA, TESDA and DOST-TRC.
Indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs.
Mandatory PhilHealth coverage
All senior citizens are covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth.
Social safety nets
The social safety assistance shall include, but not be limited to, food, medicines, and financial assistance for house repair to cushion effects of economic, disaster and calamity shocks.
Death benefit assistance
The assistance of a minimum of P2,000 shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen.
Express lanes shall be provided in all private, banking, commercial and government establishments; priority shall be given in their absence.
Assistance shall be granted to senior citizens to pursue education through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives.
Benefits and privileges for retirees
-Continuance of the same benefits and privileges by GSIS, SSS, and PAG-IBIG as enjoyed by those in active service.
-Privileges on special discounts in special programs