Senior Citizen Benefits and Person With Disability Privileges in the Philippines

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under General Information on June 6, 2012

Every time I go out with my parents, it never fails to impress me how much we get to save on our meal receipts because of their senior citizen benefits.

Moreover, I am also quite happy, with the many discounts and privileges that my deaf and mute friend enjoys, in so many establishments in the city.

Unfortunately, not many senior citizens, and most specially people with disabilities, know their rights and benefits.

That’s why, as a simple public service, I’m sharing with you today some of the senior citizen benefits and special privileges of PWD’s that is mandated by law in the Philippines.

Who is eligible for a Senior Citizen’s ID Card?
One must be a Filipino citizen (dual citizens included), at least 60 years old, and a resident in the city where he or she is applying in for at least 6 months.

How to apply for a senior citizen’s card?
The process is very simple, and all you have to do is to go to and apply at the Office Of The Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in your city of residence. You’ll be required to accomplish an application form, submit a proof of eligibility and a recent 1″ x 1″ ID photograph.

Who is eligible for a Person with Disability (PWD) ID Card?
Any Filipino citizen (dual citizens included) with physical or mental impairment that restricts him or her to perform daily living activities either continuously or periodically for extended periods.

And as a result of these restrictions, the person requires assistance from another person, animal or device to perform such daily living activities.

How to apply for a PWD ID card?
The person or his/her caregiver can obtain an application form from any of the issuing offices established by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in various cities and barangays in the country.

See the full list here: List of Provinces and Cities Issuing PWD IDs

The applicant or the caregiver must then submit several document requirements which includes a clinical abstract duly signed by any licensed private or government clinic or hospital-based physician.

What are the benefits of senior citizens in the Philippines?

There are a lot, and each city even has their own list of benefits and privileges. But here are some that should apply everywhere:

  • Twenty percent (20%) discount and exemption from the value-added tax (VAT), if applicable, on the sale of goods and services from ALL establishments, for the exclusive use and enjoyment or availment of the senior citizen.
  • Exemption from the payment of individual income taxes of senior citizens who are considered to be minimum wage earners.
  • A grant of a minimum of five percent (5%) discount relative to the monthly utilization of water and electricity supplied by the public utilities, if stated PROVISIONS apply.
  • Exemption from training fees for socioeconomic programs.
  • Free medical and dental services, diagnostic and laboratory fees such as, but not limited to, x-rays, computerized tomography scans and blood tests, in all government facilities, subject to the guidelines to be issued by the DOH in coordination with the PhilHealth.
  • Provision of express lanes for senior citizens in all commercial and government establishments

What are the privileges of people with disabilities in the Philippines?

There are likewise many benefits that PWD’s are entitled to. But I think the most important one is their entitlement to at least twenty percent (20%) discount on:

  • All establishments relative to the utilization of all services in hotels and similar lodging establishments; restaurants and recreation centers.
  • Admission fees charged by the theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement.
  • The purchase of medicines in all drugstores.
  • On medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees such as, but not limited to x-rays, computerized tomography scans and blood tests, in all government facilities, subject to guidelines to be issued by the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH).
  • On far for domestic air and sea travel, public railways, skyways and bus fare.

And those above are just the financial benefits, there are of course many others such as the privilege to have installed provisions and express lanes in all commercial and government establishments.

LEARNING MORE…

If you want to learn more about the senior citizen benefits and person with disability privileges in the Philippines, you can check out the following links:

Senior Citizens

People With Disabilities

Above are just a few of the benefits and privileges of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Please help spread the word so that more people will know about this.

Lastly, all information stated here comes from personal research. So kindly leave a comment below if you see any mistake so that I can correct them. Thank you.

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23 Responses to “Senior Citizen Benefits and Person With Disability Privileges in the Philippines”


  1. Belle says:

    Funny, I remember how my mom would ask for a senior citizen’s discount when she rides a bus. Some drivers and ‘conductors’ won’t ask to see the id’s anymore and just base it on how the persons look, so my mom would smile and say,’don’t I look like a senior citizen to you?’…it’s more fun in the Philippines :)

  2. Geo says:

    Alam nyo kayo lang sa net may ganitong article that fully discuss yung benefits pala,

    Just wanna ask, Sa PWD Does SM groceries,Unimart, Restos, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, (basta yung mga known establishments), Transpo (MRT/LRT) Really do gives discounts sa PWD?

    Magkano kaya discounts nun?

    Na curious lang naman,

  3. kapatid says:

    how about disavantages? is there any?

  4. John Witter says:

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/30927/dot-it%E2%80%99s-more-fun-to-be-a-senior-in-philippines

    This article appeared in the Inquirer in March 2012.

    What is the current status of these changes?

    I am a senior 60+ U.K. Citizen

  5. Nelia says:

    Yung PWD po ba pwede sa mga supermarkets like ROBINSON,SM, PUREGOLD.,pwede ren po ba ito sa mga high end establishments, private hospitals…. Shopping malls.
    Just asking lang po. Thank you .

  6. Fitz says:

    Yes Nelia. Pwede sila lahat.

  7. regino evangelista says:

    can I use my PWD ID while paying my radiation therapy in Chinese Ge.Hospital? and how much discount should I claim?

  8. NGold says:

    anyone knows of a sample form used in availing senior citizen discount in restaurants? the small paper/slip where the senior citizen would sign?

  9. May grandmother will be having her 100yr birthday on may 2014, someone told me, may benefits or may cash na makukuha ang 1 centennial person if she reaches this age…is this true? please help me….

  10. amielyn tarnate says:

    Hello po sa lahat,
    “Ask ko lang po”
    Ang magulang ko po ay senior citizen na 63 years old, kami po ay located dito sa Batangas,nais lang po naming malaman kung magkano po ba ang fixed amount na dapat tanggapin ng isang senior citizen quarterly?kasi ang isa po sa aming common friend from pasig city is receiving an amount of 3000 pesos,why is it here in the province is only 500 pesos? and not all senior citizen is receiving money including my mother.even single cents shes did not received from the time that she become a senior citizen.One of my source says ” when you reached the age of 74 as the age of senior citizen, that’s the only time you could possibly received the money”.,is it true?as far as we know if the person reaches the age of 60 above she is considered senior citizen right?..and lastly want to ask where does the senior citizen going to claim their quarterly income if there is?looking forward for your response.

  11. joji says:

    Jollibee Tandang Sora Visayas do not honor PWD card according to my spouse as told by manager and cashier Bheng Nunga last May 01, 2014, 11;51am, OR#678798.

  12. April says:

    Is it required by law for malls to provide parking spaces for senior citizens in malls?

  13. jay says:

    discounted din ba tulad ng shoes, socks, and clothes?

  14. ma. soledad manalo says:

    Polio victim po ako, kailangan po ba ang medical certificate para makaluha ng pwd discount card? Salamat po.

  15. Magdalena dela Cruz says:

    With regard to free parking. My husband and I are both senior citizens, who live and with senior citizen ID’s issued at Marikina. When we went to Cubao SM, the parking collector refused to accept our ID for the exemption of parking fees claiming that only senior citizens who resides in Quezon City has the privelege to claim such. Is this true?

  16. tet says:

    hi im planning to retire from my job soon. i am retiring after 10 years of service and i learned that the retirement benefit will be taxed 35%. I would like to see if theres a way that they can give me exemption or atleast lower the percentage since I am person with disability. I have Lupus and is now have difficulty on using my hands and very much challenged because of my health condition.

  17. jesus f. aranas says:

    In Cebu City and all provincial municipalities, senior citizens, 60 and above are entitled to receive a monthly or yearly benefits in the form of CASH. My question is, Is this benefit given to all registered senior citizens across the board or is ther3 any exceptions with regards to the financial situation of the seniors. Please reply. Thanks.

  18. Josefina lagmay says:

    Ang mother kpo ay 97 yrs.na sbi po my monthly binibigay s senior my id nman po siya wla nman po siya natatanggap san po ba pwedeng mag tanong tungkol dito.

  19. jennifer says:

    Cashier po ako sa isang foodcourt..me foriegner akunh customer na wala xang idna senior citizen card..nagpresent siya ng ibang id na nagpapatunay na senior siya.tinanggap ko un…pero dko lubos maisip tinakot nya ako.na magsusumbong daw siya..sa kadahilanang.dalawa ang inorder nyang meals.kc me kasama siyang girl.ang gusto nyang mangyari ung dalawang meal na un ay dapat discounted.hiningi ko ang isang card wala xang maipresenta gawanga ng hindi naman senior ang babae..anu ba ang dapat kung gawin para ndi naman nya ako apihin…kc babalik at babalik pa din un para kumain.salamat

  20. teofilo m. duabe says:

    my programa ba sa mga senior citizens na maka-avail ng murang gastos para sa full dentures (lower and upper) na mababa sa Php10,000.00? kung meron po e ano ang dapat gawin? Salamat po.

  21. carolyn Lynette j. Ramirez says:

    My son is 8 years old with cerebral palsy… Can i avail of the pwd card for him? If so how do i go about doing this please?

  22. haydee says:

    Carolyn, yes you can avail a pwd id for your son. Here in manila the fastest way is through your barangay as they know you and your son they can vouch for the authenticity of his condition thus will no longer require to provide med cert. Otherwise your dswd office in the cityhall or municipal hall will be able to provide you the requirements. You can easily get a medcert from his doctor attach it to the form that you will fill up for your son’s behalf

  23. Bernie Bernardo says:

    just would like to inquire, on the barangay level, fraction of barangay funds (1%) is alloted to SC and PWD, do we have a formal reference on how will the barangay divide the said funds?

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