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OSCA ID enough proof for seniors to claim benefits

April 1, 2023 Joel dela Torre 221 views

LOCAL Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. reminded local chief executives (LCEs) to see to it that senior citizens are getting all the benefits due them under the law.

According to Abalos, LGUs need not require the elders additional papers other than senior citizen cards from the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs and proof that he/she has already reached 60 years of age to avail the privileges allotted by the government.

Memorandum Circular 2023-045 states that seniors are not pressured to present barangay certificates, contract of lease, proofs of billing or even a valid ID should LGUs come up with new ordinances that give them additional benefits.

Abalos also made it clear that these 60-and-above citizens need not be a registered voter before he/she can claim whatever giveaways the government share to them.

“Hindi kailangang rehistradong botante ang senior citizens bago siya makatanggap ng benepisyo na ibibigay ng LGUs. Hindi po requirement iyon,” the DILG chief stressed.

He cited Republic Act 7432 or the Senior Citizens Act which was amended to RA 9257 and RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act to which the government is required to extend help to the elders enjoy their right to jobs, education, health, social services, housing, public transportation and social pension under the PhilHealth coverage.

Under the law, seniors should automatically be enjoying a 20 percent discount or exemption from the value added tax for goods and services such as medicines, influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, doctor’s professional fees and other medical and dental charges.

“Nagampanan na ng ating mga senior citizen ang kanilang mga tungkulin bilang mga mamamayan ng bansa. Ngayong matatanda na sila, ibalik naman natin sa kanila ang mga benepisyo na binibigay ng batas para maramdaman nila na mahalaga silang kasapi ng lipunan,” Abalos said.