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Transcript of RA 9994
Article 11. OTHER PRIVILEGES: An act granting additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, further amending Republic Act No. 7432, as amended, otherwise known as "an act to maximize the contribution of senior citizens to nation building, grant benefits and special previleges and for other purposes" Article 5. Definition of Terms. The senior citizens shall be entitled to the grant of twenty percent (20%) discount and to an exemption from the value-added tax (VAT), IF APPLICABLE, on the sale of the goods and services covered by Section 1 to 6 of this Article, from all establishments for the exclusive use and enjoyment or availment of senior citizens. Article 7. Twenty Percent (20%) Discount and VAT Exemption Article 8. CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS - The 20% discount and VAT exemption shall also apply to purchases of goods and services by senior citizens paying through credit cards.
Article 9. NO DOUBLE DISCOUNTS - In the purchase of goods and services which are on promotional discount, the senior citizen can avail of the establishment's offered discount or the 20% discount provided herein, whichever is higher and more favorable.
In cases where the senior citizen is also a person with disability (PWD) entitled to a 20% discount under his/her valid PWD identification card (ID), the senior citizen shall use either his/her OSCA-issued ID card or PWD ID card to avail of the 20% discount.
Sec III to Sec VI- Hotels, Restaurants, recreational Centers and places of leisures and funeral services
Section 1. INCOME TAX EXEMPTION
Section 2. EXEMPTION FROM TRAINING FEES
Section 3. FREE MEDICAL AND DENTAL SERVICES IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES
Section 4. FREE VACCINATION FOR INDIGENT SENIOR CITIZENS
Section 5. EDUCATIONAL PRIVILEGES
Section 6. BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES FOR RETIREES
Section 7. PRIVILEGES ON GRANTING SPECIAL DISCOUNTS IN SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Section 8. EXPRESS LANES PRIVILEGES
Art Iv,Sec. II- This act shall serve the ff objectives: "(a) To recognize the rights of senior citizens to take their proper place in society and make it a concern of the family, community, and government;
"(b) To give full support to the improvement of the total well-being of the elderly and their full participation in society, considering that senior citizens are integral part of Philippine society;
"(c) To motivate and encourage the senior citizens to contribute to nation building;
"(d) To encourage their families and the communities they live with to reaffirm the valued Filipino tradition of caring for the senior citizens;
"(e) To provide a comprehensive health care and rehabilitation system for disabled senior citizens to foster their capacity to attain a more meaningful and productive ageing; and
"(f) To recognize the important role of the private sector in the improvement of the welfare of senior citizens and to actively seek their partnership. 5.1 SENIOR CITiZEN OR ELDERLY - refers to any Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines, and who is sixty (60) years old or above. It may apply to senior citizens with "dual citizenship" status provided they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six (6) months residency in the Philippines.
5.2 BENEFACTOR - refers to any person whether related or not to the senior citizen who provides care or who gives any form of assistance to him/her, and on whom the senior citizen is dependent on for primary care and material support, as certified by the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (C/MSWDO).
5.3 GERIATRICS - refers to the branch of medical science devoted to the study, management and treatment of the biological and physical changes, and the diseases of old age.
5.4 GERONTOLOGY - is the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena associated with old age and ageing and in determining answers about the normal aging process rather than the diseases of old age. It is also the scientific study of the processes of aging from many disciplines, including social work, anthropology, biology, history, sociology, psychology, and demography.
5.5 IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT - refers to any document or proof of being a senior citizen which may be used for the availment of benefits and privileges under the Act and its Rules. PRIVILEGES FOR
THE SENIOR CITIZENS Article 6. OSCA-issued Senior Citizens' Identification Card. - For the availment of benefits and privileges under the Act and these Rules, the senior citizen, or his/her duly authorized representative, shall present as proof of eligibility, a valid and original Senior Citizens' Identification Card issued by the Head of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) of the place where the senior citizen resides, and which shall be honored nationwide. Section I. medical related privileges:
a. medicine and drug purchases
b. essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment
c. medical and dental services in the private facilities
d. professional fees of attending physicians
e. professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services Sec. II- Domestic transportation privileges
(a) AIR AND SEA TRANSPORTATION PRIVILEGES - Fare for domestic air, and sea travel, including \f0 advanced booking, shall be subject to the 20% discount and VAT exemption, if applicable.
(b) PUBLIC LAND TRANSPORTATION PRIVILEGES - Fare in the public railways including LRT, MRT, and PNR, fares in buses (PUB), jeepneys (PUJ), taxi and shuttle services (AUV), are likewise subject to the 20% discount and VAT exemption, if applicable. Article 12. UTILITY DISCOUNTS Section 1. Five (5%) Discount - The grant of a minimum of five percent (5%) discount relative to the monthly utilization of water and electricity by households with senior citizens; Provided, That the individual meters for the foregoing utilities are registered in the name of the senior citizen residing therein:
Section 2. Fifty (50%) Discount - The grant of a 50% discount an all electricity, water, telephone consumption for DSWD-accredited senior citizens centers and residential care institutions or group homes that are government-run or organized and operated by non-stock, non-profit domestic corporations, primarily for the purpose of promoting the well-being of abandoned, neglected, unattached or homeless senior citizens.
Article 13. EMPLOYMENT Senior citizens, who have the capacity and desire to work, or to be re-employed, shall be provided by the DOLE, in coordination with other government agencies including local government units, with information and matching services to enable them to be productive members of society. Terms of employment shall conform to the provisions of the Labor Code, as amended, Civil Service Laws and other laws, rules and regulations. Article 14. EDUCATION The Department of Education (DepEd), the DOST-TRC, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in consultation with non-governmental (NGOs) and people's organizations (POs) for senior citizens, shall institute a program that will ensure access of senior citizens to formal and non-formal education. Article 15. HEALTH The DOH, in coordination with local government units (LGUs), NGOs and POs for senior citizens, shall institute a national health program that shall incorporate the National Prevention of Blindness Program, and shall also provide an integrated health service for senior citizens.
It shall train community-based health workers including barangay health workers, among senior citizens and health personnel to specialize in geriatric care, gerontology, and health problems of senior citizens.