10 Privileges And Rights Of Senior Citizen You Probably Didn't Know About

The importance of family in a senior’s life is truly immeasurable. Not only does family provide a consistent social network, evidence has led us to believe that the relationship a senior keeps with his or her family has a direct impact on their overall quality of life.

Seniors who maintain strong ties with their family have even been shown to outlive those who report less favorable relationships.

If the potential for a longer life doesn’t make you want to connect with your loved ones, here are more reasons why you should make an effort to prioritize family.

Seniors are important because, if given the opportunity, they have much to teach us. They can be helpful in our applying lessons of life, e.g. self esteem, self respect, self discipline.

Also they offer a great deal of satisfaction and joy to be around them.

To honor their importance, here are the privileges of senior citizens that we should be aware of. This is for all so if ever you have love ones who are senior citizen, you can help them to understand their rights and privileges that they can gain.

Tax Exemption

As long as he or she is a minimum wage earner in accordance with RA 9504 senior citizens are entitled to Income Tax exemption.

Death Benefit Assistance, Social Pension, and PhilHealth Coverage.

The DSWD grants a social pension to indigent senior citizens in the amount of Php 500.00 every month. All senior citizens are also mandatorily covered by PhilHealth and are considered automatic members, entitled to the same privileges as regular contributing members of the PhilHealth.

A senior citizen is entitled to discounts on funeral and burial services, to be claimed by his or her beneficiary or any person who shall shoulder the funeral and burial expenses of the deceased senior citizen.

Free medical and dental services.

This includes diagnostic and laboratory fees such as x-rays, computerized tomography scans (CT Scans) and blood tests in all government facilities. This also includes free vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal disease for indigent senior citizen patients.

Educational Scholarship

Should a senior citizen decide to pursue his education, he or she may be granted a scholarship, financial aid, subsidies, and other incentives. This is available to senior citizens that are able to meet minimum admission requirements for secondary, tertiary, post tertiary, vocational, or technical education, as well as short-term courses in a public or private school.

5% discount on Water and Electric Bills

This is applicable when the utilities are registered in the name of the senior citizen and that the monthly consumption does not exceed 100 kWh for electricity and 30m’ for water. The privilege is granted per household, not per senior citizen residing in the address.

Air and Sea Transportation Fee Discounts

Apart from discounts on land transportation travel in public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, taxis, trains, and AUVs, a senior citizen is also entitled to discounts on air and sea fares. This includes airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

Free movies.

We will feature the list of free movie day schedules per city in Metro Manila in our upcoming blogs. In Quezon City, senior citizens can watch up to two movies for free every Monday and Tuesday.

Express Lanes

Supermarkets, hotels, and even public restrooms provide express lanes for senior citizens for their convenience.

Discounts in hotels and recreational places

Amusement parks such as Enchanted Kingdom and Star City provide discounts to senior citizens even if these are not considered basic necessities. They can also get discounts to as much as P600 to P1,800 in hotels.

Free parking in Quezon City Malls

For all senior citizens that can drive, all you need to do is to show your Senior Citizen ID to the guard and they will let you to pass. Other malls follow the first three hours policy for seniors so make sure you ask the parking attendant to avoid confusion.

Hope you find this article helpful especially for our beloved senior citizen, even they are old in age but their impact in our society will remain fresh in our minds. Spread the good news by sharing this to others.

Source: Master Citizen
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