The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated a total of P8, 255,820,000 for the social pension fund of senior citizens.
The target beneficiaries of the agency have to reach up to 1,375,970 senior citizens in the whole country.
The allocation is for Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SocPen) that will cover the elderly who are frail, sickly, do not receive any pension and have no other source of income and support coming from their families.
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According to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, P4,243,330,500 of the allotment have been utilized for this year.
Under the SocPen, the senior citizen beneficiaries will receive quarterly stipend worth P500 each month, as government assistance for their daily living and medical needs.
Other than this, here are more benefits of being Senior Citizen
20% discount on:
-Medicine and drug purchases
-Medical supplies, accessories, and equipment
-Medical and dental services
-Professional fees of attending physician
-Professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services
Air and Sea
Land: LRT, MRT, PNR, buses, jeepneys, taxi and shuttle services
Hotels, restaurants, recreational facilities, places of leisure
Hotels, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses, leisure and amusement
Fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities and equipment
Funeral and burial expenses include casket or urn, embalming, cremation cost, and other services.
Grant of a minimum of 5% discount relative to the monthly use of water and electricity, provided that the meter is registered under the name of the senior citizen residing therein and does not exceed 100 kWh and 30 m³.
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Exemption from payment of individual income tax of those who are considered to be minimum wage earners
Training fee exemption
Training fees for socio-economic programs conducted by private and government agencies subject to the guidelines issued by DTI, DOLE, DA, TESDA and DOST-TRC.
Indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs.
Mandatory PhilHealth coverage
All senior citizens are covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth.
Social safety nets
The social safety assistance shall include, but not be limited to, food, medicines, and financial assistance for house repair to cushion effects of economic, disaster and calamity shocks.
Death benefit assistance
The assistance of a minimum of P2,000 shall be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen.
Express lanes shall be provided in all private, banking, commercial and government establishments; priority shall be given in their absence.
Assistance shall be granted to senior citizens to pursue education through the provision of scholarships, grants, financial aids, subsidies and other incentives.
Benefits and privileges for retirees
-Continuance of the same benefits and privileges by GSIS, SSS, and PAG-IBIG as enjoyed by those in active service.
-Privileges on special discounts in special programs
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They are provided with benefits and privileges through the following legislation:
Republic Act No. 7432, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003
RA 9994, an amendment to RA 7432 to include additional services
RA 10645, an amendment to RA 9994 to provide mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens.
HOW TO GET SENIOR CITIZENS ID?
In order to get and enjoy the above mentioned benefits and privileges of a senior citizen, first you must secure a Senior Citizen’s ID.
1X1 colored photo (latest)
If you completed the said requirements, just go to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA) in your city or municipality and apply for an ID. Much better if you are being accompanied with one of your daughter or grandchildren.
The staff will just fill the card with your personal info like complete name, birth date, and address.
If your ID is finished, you have to sign it, but first, you must double check if all the details are correct.
Indigent senior citizens or their authorized representative must present their Office of Senior Citizen Affairs ID and birth certificate or any other document proving their date of birth to the nearest OSCA, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office or DSWD Regional Office.
The authorized representative must also present his/her identification card and an authorization letter.
All potential beneficiaries will be assessed to ensure that they qualify for the program.
This article is filed under: Senior Citizen, Senior Citizen Rights, Senior Citizen Benefits, Senior Citizen Privileges, How to Register as Senior Citizen