To see the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, kindly click on the following link:
Do you know that a few of our well-established eateries, fast food chains and even medical facilities do not comply with the Republic Act of 9994? Although there are very small percentage and isolated cases compared to the majority who are law-abiding establishments, I find it important to educate ourselves our granted rights and privileges under the RA 9994.
To my surprise, I found out that some of these establishments were not even aware of our rights and privileges. At one instance, this internationally known fast-food chain always provide customers a receipt after payment as part of their policy and "good customer relations". Their cash register receipt, however, did not calculate the 20% plus VAT as prescribed by the Law; instead, it only discounted 11% plus VAT as SCD (Senior Citizen Discount). I immediately brought this to the attention of the store manager and she was even "surprised" after agreeing this discrepancy with me. She then assured me that it will be forwarded to the company who programmed their cash registers... a big Hmmmm
Several instances I was provided with hand-written receipts by eateries inside large malls and condos (and I don’t mean “turo-turo”). These eateries have uniformed staff, professional and well-mannered. But again, it did not discount the 20% plus VAT. I showed this receipt to one of its owners and he told me “I will ask my accountant about this SCD”.... another Hmmmm
But what bothers me the most is one particular medical facility located in a large mall as part of chain of clinics located throughout Metro Manila. After presenting my medical insurance card and senior citizen card to avail these discounts, their facility manager stated that it will not honor my senior citizen card since they are already giving out their “corporate discounts” to all regardless of age. I referred this to my local OSCA (Office of Senior Citizens Affair) and is now being investigated by the Chief Legal Counsel of OSCA. This medical facility even repeatedly refused to give me their official receipts (or itemized bills charged to my medical insurance company); another infraction to the Magna Carta of Patient’s Rights and Obligations.
There are hefty penalties for any individual or establishment (small or large) who violates our rights and privileges; it might be a “small change” to someone but hey, it is the principle that I am fighting for; not only for me but for every senior citizen... Mabuhay ang mga senior citizens
!!! And yes I am proud to be one.