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10 Senior Citizen Privileges You Probably Didn’t Know About

Aside from the usual 20% discount, did you know that senior citizens are also entitled to have discounts in electricity and water bills, free dental and medical services, and possibly scholarship if they pursue any type of education? Yes, senior citizens are entitled to have big discounts and lots of freebies that we may not have known until today.

So without further ado, here are 10 senior citizen privileges you probably didn’t know about:

Free Dental, Medical Services, and Vaccination

All senior citizens are also entitled to have free medical and dental services including, X-rays, blood test, computerized tomography scans, vaccination, but not limited to in government facilities. This includes hospitals, clinics, medical facilities and even home health care services as long as its owned by the government. Along with the services availed, the professional fee of the doctor must be 100% waived when availed by a senior citizen.

Free Parking in Quezon City Malls and Exemption from Number Coding Scheme in Makati

When in Quezon city, you don’t need to pay any parking fee in your first three hours in the mall. The process to qualify is different for each mall so make sure to present your ID before entering just to make sure. The only time you will be charged is when you stay more than three hours.

Now if you live in Makati, you are also exempted from all number coding scheme in the city. When an MMDA or city government officer hails your vehicle, just present your senior citizen card and you’re good to go.

Educational Scholarship

Now if the senior citizen decides to pursue education such as secondary, vocational, post tertiary and technical, they are entitled to have educational assistance. This could be given in forms of grants, subsidies, financial aids and possibly even scholarship. Other expenses like books, uniform, and any learning materials are also included in the discount. All the senior citizen needs to do is to meet all the admission requirement of their chosen institution.

Moreover, should they acquire any training for socio-economic programs conducted by government and private institution, they are entitled to be exempted from the training fee.

Also Read : All the Benefits You Get as a Pag-IBIG Fund Member

5% OFF Water and Electricity Bill

Senior citizens are entitled to a 5% discount from monthly utility bills including water and electricity services. Provided that the account is registered under the name of the senior citizen and does not exceed a 100 kWh of electricity or 30 cubic meters of water.

If the account is not named after the senior citizen, it’s never too late to have an account transfer. However, you would have to wait for one year after the name transfer before you can apply for the discount.

Exempted from Paying Tax

Yes, senior citizens are all exempted from paying income tax. This is in accordance with RA No. 9504 where all minimum wage earners are no longer required to pay tax. However, this exemption is not deducted automatically so you will need to visit BIR how its done.

Big Discounts for Air and Sea Transportation Fees

Yes, this includes airplane companies like Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and other Philippine transportation companies by air or by sea just as long as its within the country. All senior citizens are subject not just for the 20% discount but also VAT exemption. This means that a 1,000 peso ticket will only cost 714.29 pesos for a senior citizen.

Mandatory Government Assistance Including Death Benefit Assistance, Social Pension, and PhilHealth Coverage

As soon as a person is an official member of senior citizen, they are automatically entitled to receive PhilHealth coverage, death benefit assistance and financial help when needed. This includes a minimum of 2,000 pesos of death benefit assistance, 500 pesos monthly stipend for indigent senior citizens, and receive financial, food and medical assistance.

Furthermore, senior citizens will continue enjoying the benefits and privileges of  GSIS, SSS and PAG-IBIG

Also Read : PhilHealth Benefits You Didn’t Know You Have

Free Movies on Mondays

If you ever decide to visit the mall on Monday morning, you’ll probably notice long lines in the cinema. That’s because senior citizens have free admission to most cinemas in the country every Monday! So when you’re going to watch with the family, why not schedule it during Mondays so you save the price of one ticket.

To qualify for this privilege, you need to be from the same city where the mall is located. For instance, senior citizens residing in Quezon city can watch movies for free in malls in Quezon city like Trinoma.

Express Lanes

As we all probably know, senior citizens also have their own express lanes where they get their own lane so they don’t have to line up. This is particularly helpful in fast-food restaurants, movie house, and even the bathroom. All they need to do is ask assistance from an employee and they will instantly be pushed in front of the line or be led to the exclusive lane.

Also Read: How to Get a 10 Year Valid Driver’s License in the Philippines

Hotel and Recreational Center Discounts

Although the discounts given are not the same, senior citizen still get a big discount fron hotels and recreational centers. For instance, high-end hotel rooms cost somewhere between 3,000 to 9,000 pesos in Manila so a senior citizen can get as much 600 to 1800 peso discount, not including the VAT exemption.

Also Read: How to Claim the 6k Yearly Pension for Senior Citizens

Bonus Privilege:

Almost 50% Discount in Buffet Restaurants

Although this discount is not mandated by the law, many buffet restaurants offer it today. From what I’ve heard, Manila Hotel, Vikings, and Buffet 101 offer the promo but with certain limitations. For more information, its best to contact the restaurant and ask if the offer still stands and their requirements.

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78 Comments »

  1. paki monitor ung ibang br ng mga bangco at restaurant walang esp lane at pg minsan di conscious sa 20% discount kung hindi mo sabihin sa kanila sample mang inasal, chowking, at iba pa. sa mga events naman like Moa Arena,

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