VP Binay lauds SC decision upholding 20% discount for seniors

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay again reminded business establishments that they cannot refuse to grant senior citizens the mandatory 20 per cent discount should they fail to present their senior citizens ID card or the “white card.”

He issued the reminder as he lauded the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the discount and tax deduction scheme for senior citizens imposed on business establishments.

“I welcome this decision of the Supreme Court. We should actually be looking at more benefits and privileges for our senior citizens as our way of thanking them for their contributions to our country,” Binay said.

Binay said under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9994 or the Senior Citizens Act of 2010, senior citizens may present other ID cards to avail themselves of the 20 per cent discount.

“I have heard reports that some establishments still refuse to grant senior citizens discount in the absence of a white card. There is no legal basis for such a policy,” he added.

Binay said under Rule III of the IRR, a senior citizen or his/her duly authorized representative may present any of the following identification documents as proof of being a senior citizen:

a) Senior Citizen’s Identification Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the elderly resides;

b) Philippine passport; and

c) Other valid documents that establish the senior citizen as a citizen of the Republic and at least 60 years of age. The IRR said this includes driver’s license, voters ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, postal ID and other government-issued IDs indicating the cardholder’s age and birthday.

“I encourage our senior citizens to report incidents of non-compliance to the concerned offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. I expect these offices to act promptly,” he added.#