Privileges of a Senior Citizen in the Philippines
The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic Act 9994) defines the privileges all senior citizens are entitled to. Elderly Filipinos aged 60 and above are entitled to a 20% senior citizen discount and exempted from the value-added tax (VAT) on applicable goods and services for their exclusive use.
These privileges apply to both cash and credit card payments.
Senior Citizen Discounts and VAT Exemptions
- Medicines: Generic and branded medicines, vitamins, and mineral supplements (with doctor’s prescription)
- Medical supplies and equipment: Hearing aids, eyeglasses, wheelchairs, crutches, dentures, etc.
- Medical and dental services in private facilities: Lab tests such as blood tests, x-rays, etc.
- Professional fees of attending physicians and licensed health workers
- Domestic air and sea travel fares
- Public land transportation fares: Jeepneys, buses, taxis, shuttle services, MRT, LRT, PNR, etc.
- Hotels: Accommodation and amenities in hotels, beach resorts, mountain resorts, etc.
- Restaurants: Food, beverages, dessert, and other consumables for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and delivery orders
- Recreation centers: Rental and other fees for sports facilities such as gyms, badminton courts, tennis courts, ballroom dancing studios, bowling lanes, etc.
- Places of leisure: Cinemas, museums, parks, theaters, concert halls, etc.
- Funeral and burial services for deceased senior citizens: hospital morgue, embalming, casket or urn, cremation, etc.
Aside from the 20% senior citizen discount and VAT exemption, Filipino seniors also enjoy many other privileges.
List of Senior Citizen Benefits
- Income tax exemption for minimum wage earners
- Training fee exemption on socio-economic programs
- Free medical and dental services in government facilities
- Free flu and pneumococcal vaccinations for indigent senior citizens
- Scholarships and financial assistance for seniors’ education in public and private schools
- Retirement benefits from SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG
- Discounts in special programs for senior citizens
- Express lanes for senior citizens in all government offices and commercial establishments