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Philippine Senior Citizen Benefits

Supe.OSCA - DSWDThe public and private sectors of the Philippine economy provide senior citizens with a wide range of privileges, discounts, and benefits. These include access to discounted transportation fees, tax exemptions, housing subsidies, lower prices for prescription drugs and medical services, and a wide range of other benefits.

The Philippine government entitles senior citizens to the following benefits:


Domestic Transportation


Senior citizens are given discounted fair for regular transportation. This includes buses, taxis, jeepneys, trains, and domestic flight tickets. Additionally, you may save up to 50% when you take taxis in Metro Manila, and you can save up to 30% when you take a taxi in other significant cities across the country.

To use the privileges, simply provide the conductor or driver with your Senior ID as identification.

Express Lanes


Senior citizen express lanes should be available at all government and commercial facilities. Seniors are prioritized within these lanes.

The express lane’s purpose is to help seniors to move more quickly so they may complete their transactions more quickly than the general public.

Free medical and dental services


Seniors are entitled to free medical and dental care in government-run public health institutions and clinics. The Department of Health (DOH), which made this opportunity possible, has enabled senior citizens to access medications, vaccinations, and other treatments in public health facilities at cheaper prices. Public health clinics also offer free dental care to their patients. This is one of the reasons why quite a few Filipinos choose to leave their careers early.

Free Vacations


When booking a stay at a resort, hotel, or other similar facility, senior citizens in the Philippines receive a 20% discount.  They are exempted from paying VAT. Additionally, if the senior citizen card number is provided while placing the order, they can receive the same discount at restaurants and, if the order is for delivery, they can receive a discount.

Funeral / Death


Senior citizens’ families are eligible for a 20% discount on burial and funeral expenses.  This death benefit covers the costs of morgues, caskets or urns, embalming, and cremation services.

If a senior citizen who passed away had paid at least 36 months’ worth of contributions before the semester of their death, the family may be eligible to receive an SSS death benefit.

Grocery


Senior citizens are entitled to a discount of 10% off the price of any food item at supermarkets and grocery stores. No matter how old they are, all senior citizens receive some sort of senior discount from a lot of establishments, though the amount of the discount varies from store to store.

Discounts are claimed by utilizing credit card points or buying things in stores.

Income Tax Exemption


Seniors are exempt from paying VAT on any goods or services. The Philippine government offers specific tax deductions to senior citizens if they are at least 60 years old and employed. Only those with jobs are eligible for these exemptions.  You do not have to pay any income taxes if the total of your hourly pay and your monthly gross income does not surpass the nationally authorized minimum wage.

This benefit covers all of your dependents, whether or not they work and regardless of whether they earn money from stocks or bonds, or other types of assets.

Medicines and medical services


A senior citizen ID entitles you to a 20% discount and an exemption from Value Added Tax (VAT) on medications. Senior citizens are eligible for an additional 50% off prescription drugs for chronic illnesses.  This is as of the effective date of Executive Order No. 1044.

Senior citizens can also receive free services in all service wards in public hospitals.  This includes clinics for outpatient and home health care.  Republic Act 9994 guarantees insurance coverage for PhilHealth to all senior citizens in the Philippines, regardless of their status.

Recreation centers


Senior citizens could be entitled to free or discounted entrance to public places including parks, libraries, museums, and theaters. You need to show your Senior card or any valid identification card at the counter when purchasing your tickets.

Restaurants


Many eateries, including fast food chains, bakeries, cafes, dessert shops, and food courts, offer discounts to senior residents. If you’re over 60, you can be qualified for discounts of up to 50% off the list price.  If you’re over 70, you might be qualified for even bigger discounts.

Retirement (Pension Programs)


Social Security System (SSS) pension, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) pension, the Pag-IBIG Fund Retirement Benefit, and private pension plans help to assure financial security in retirement.

Training Fees Exemption


Seniors are encouraged to actively participate in social and economic activities, especially those that enhance their health, welfare, and well-being. The government offers free training programs for senior citizens who want to improve their fundamental computer skills or take a few quick courses to enhance their soft skills.

Utility


Seniors are eligible for a 5% discount on their monthly water and electricity costs. The senior citizen’s name must be on the water and electricity meters.  The monthly use must not exceed 30 cubic meters of water or 100 kilowatts of energy.

 

Senior Citizen PH Web Team

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