Today, an estimated 4.6 million Filipino senior citizens (persons who are 60 years old and above) are expected to be rejoicing with the bill that signed into law called Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This law would exclude them from paying 12% expanded value added tax on their essential purchases and other goods and services. Under the new law, all senior citizens will have 20% discount on all goods and services mentioned in the Republic Act 7342 or better known as Called the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic Act 9994), the new law enables senior citizens to enjoy fully the 20-percent discount on consumer goods and services provided under a 2003 legislation known as RA 7342, otherwise known as “An Act to Maximize the Contributions of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges, and for Other Purposes.
• Purchases of medicines, basic medical supplies, accessories and equipments
• Fees of attending physicians;
• Medical and dental fees;
• Diagnostic and laboratory fees;
• Fares for buses, jeepneys, taxis, AUVs, shuttle services, public railways, domestic air and sea transport carrier.
• Services in hotels, restaurants and other establishments similar to the both;
• Admission fees in cinemas, theaters and other places of culture, leisure and amusement; and,
• Funeral and burial services.
• Each senior citizen will have a monthly allowance of P500.00 (five hundred pesos)
• The nearest relative will get P2,000.00 (two thousand pesos) as assistance in the case of death an indigent senior citizen
• Senior citizens are entitled to a 5% discount on their water and electric bills provided that the said utilities are under the name of the senior citizen and the consumption will not exceed 100 kilowatt-hours and 30 cubic meters a month for electricity and water respectively
Penalties for Non-compliance
Any establishments and their owners, managers and employees found guilty of violating any or all of the provisions of the R.A. 9994 will suffer the penalty of paying a fine that ranges from P10,000.00 to P50,000.00 or an imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months.
The passing of the bill into law is something we owed to our great statesmen like Rep. Reynaldo Uy and Rep. Eduardo Zialcita and Sen. Pia Cayetano, the principal sponsors of the bill.