Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oldies and their Goodies (Documentary requirements to avail of benefits as a Senior Citizen)

By Siesta-friendly

Recently, a lawyer (of course) filed suit against 2 restaurants for “refusing to grant him and his wife senior citizens' privileges for their failure to present their senior citizens' cards.”

Not a lot of people like to admit their age. But when they can get at least a 20% discount in their purchase, they will gladly even show proof of their old age.

The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (R.A. 9994) lists several important privileges, discounts and benefits favoring senior citizens. 

Sufficient Identification Documents

“In the availment of the privileges [under the law], the senior citizen, or his/her duly authorized representative, may submit as proof of his/her entitled thereto any of the following:

(1)   an identification card issued by the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) of the place where the senior citizen resides: Provided, That the identification card issued by the particular OSCA shall be honored nationwide;
(2)   the passport of the senior citizen concerned; and
(3)   other documents that establish that the senior citizen is a citizen of the Republic and is at least sixty (60) years of age as further provided in the implementing rules and regulations.” (Section 4) [emphases supplied]

Sec. 5.5 of Rule III of the Implementing Rules and Regulations defines “Identification Document” as any of the following -

“a) Senior Citizens’ Identification Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizens            Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the elderly resides;
b)      The Philippine passport of the elderly person or senior citizen concerned; and
c)      Other valid documents that establish the senior citizen or elderly person as a citizen of the Republic and at least sixty (60) years of age, which shall include but not be limited to the following government-issued identification documents indicating an elderly’s birthdate or age: driver’s license, voters ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, postal ID.” [emphases supplied]

Additional Documentary Requirements by the DOH

Note that the Department of Health issued Administrative Order No. 2010-0032 (dated October 9, 2010) entitled “Guidelines and Mechanisms to Implement the Provisions of Republic Act No. 9994, otherwise known as “The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010", on the Sale of Medicines and the Sharing of the 20%o Senior Citizens' Discount” under Part V. III Documentary Requirements -

“a. All hospitals and drug retail outlets shall require Senior Citizens or their      representative to present the following requirements for the availment of the 20%      discount:

1.      Identification card (ID) issued by the city or municipal mayor or Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) or the barangay captain of the place where the Senior Citizen resides. The said ID should be recognized nationwide.

2.      Except for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, a doctor's prescription should be presented. A prescription should have the following information: name, age, sex, and address of the Senior Citizen, as well as the date, generic name of the medicine, dosage form, dosage strength, quantity, name and signature, address of the prescribing physician, professional license number, and narcotic license or S2 number, if applicable.

3.      Purchase slip booklets shall be used to record the kind of OTC medicine purchased, how many, when and where it was purchased. Likewise, this will help the drugstores to monitor the last purchase made for a certain medicine.” [emphases supplied]


Seniors and establishments should remember that “[a]ny person who refuses to honor the senior citizen card issued by this the government or violates any provision of this Act shall suffer the following penalties … [f]or the first violation, imprisonment of not less than two (2) years but not more than six (6) years and a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (Php50,000.00) but not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (Php100,000.00)…” (Sec. 10)

The latest on this matter indicates that the lawyer has dropped the charges after the owners of the restaurants apologized after pleading they did not know that the law “allows the use of identification cards other than the senior citizen’s card.”   It’s also reported that the dropping of the case is conditioned on the restaurants’ donation of “at least P20,000 each to any home for the aged (like Golden Acres).”[1] 

The “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” means expanding the rights of senior citizens and not extending senior moments to establishments.

[1]  Cruz, N. H. (2013, July 16). As I See It read more:


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