The Office for Senior Citizens Affairs deals with the receiving of communication from other offices, issuing of nationally uniform ID for senior citizens as well the Purchase Slip Booklet for medicine and 5% PSB for basic necessities and prime commodities; assists the SSDD volunteer workers for their duties and responsibilities; monitors establishments violating RA 9257 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act” and assist the senior citizens complainants by our legal officer; disseminates information about senior citizen privileges from various barangay and establishments; organizes senior citizen association and attending their induction of their new officers.
The primary service OSCA renders to the public is the issuance of National Uniform Senior Citizens Identification (ID) Cards to legitimate senior citizens of Quezon City. Just go to your Municipal’s Office of the Senior Citizens Affair and apply for an ID.
Please ask someone from your kin – your “apo” or your son or daughter to accompany you. The staff will just fill the card with your personal info like complete name, birth date and address. They will also ask you to sign the ID. Double check if the details are all correct and make sure your signature is the same as the signatures you use to your other IDs.
To be eligible for a Senior Citizen’s ID Card, an applicant must be:
- a Filipino citizen,
- at least 60 years old, and
- a resident in the City for at least 6 months
An applicant must also submit the following:
- An Application Form (available at the OSCA office) duly accomplished,
- A recent 1″ x 1″ ID photograph, and a photocopy of any of the following documents:
- Voter’s ID (Comelec)
- Driver’s License
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Old Residence Certificate
- Postal ID
- Any combination of identification documents confirming the applicants name, date of birth and present address.
When applying for replacement of a lost Senior Citizen’s ID Card, an applicant must:
- Submit two (2) copies of an Affidavit of Loss
- Submit two (2) copies of a Police or Barangay Report, and
- Pay an ID replacement fee of one hundred pesos (P100.00)
Download the OSCA Application Form here, http://quezoncity.gov.ph/images/stories/downloadables/forms/osca_application_form.pdf
Or see the PDF belowosca_application_form
20% discount and vat exemption
Medicine and drug purchases
The 20% discount and VAT exemption shall apply to the purchase of the following:
- Generic or branded medicines and drugs by or for senior citizens, including the purchase of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines.
- Vitamins and mineral supplements that are medically prescribed by an attending physician for prevention and treatment of diseases, illness, or injury.
Essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment
The 20% discount and VAT exemption privilege shall also apply to following:
- The purchase of eyeglasses,
- Hearing aids,
- Artificial bone replacements like steel, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs (whether manual or electric-powered), canes/quad canes
- Geriatric diapers, and
- Other essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment by or for senior citizens.
Medical and dental services in private facilities
Medical and dental services, diagnostic and laboratory tests such as but not limited to X-Rays, computerized tomography scans, and blood tests, that are requested by a physician as necessary for the diagnosis and/or treatment of an illness or injury are subject to the 20% discount and VAT exemption.
Professional fees of attending physicians
The fees of attending physician/s in all private hospitals,medical facilities, outpatient clinics and home health care facilities shall be subject to the 20% discount and VAT exemption.
Professional fees of licensed health workers providing home health care services
As endorsed by private hospitals or employed through home health care employment agencies are entitled to the 20% discount and VAT exemption. The burden of the discount shall be borne solely by the employment agency given the health worker’s very minimal share compared to the agency fee.
Additional privileges are
- Domestic transportation privileges
- Hotels, restaurants, recreational centers, and places of leisure, and funeral services
- Recreations centers
- Admission fees privilege
- Funeral and burial services
- Income tax exemption
- Exemption from training fees
- Free medical and dental services in government facilities
- Free vaccinations for indigent senior citizens
- Educational privileges
- Benefits and privileges for retirees
- Privileges on granting special discounts in special programs
- Express lanes privileges
The grant of a minimum of five percent (5%) discount relative to the monthly utilization of water and electricity by households with senior citizens. Provided, That the individual meters for the foregoing utilities are registered in the name of the senior citizen residing therein: provided, further, that the monthly consumption does not exceed one hundred kilowatt hours (100 kWh) of electricity and thirty cubic meters (30 m’) of water. Provided, furthermore, that the privilege is granted per household regardless of the number of senior citizens residing therein.
The grant of a 50% discount on all electricity, water, telephone consumption for DSWD-accredited senior citizens centers and residential care institutions or group homes that are government-run or organized and operated by non-stock, non-profit domestic corporations, primarily for the purpose of promoting the well-being of abandoned, neglected, unattached or homeless senior citizens. Such senior citizen centers and residential care or group homes must have been in operation for at least six (6) months and must have a separate meter for said utilities/services.
Credit card payments
The 20% discount and VAT exemption shall also apply to purchases of goods and services by senior citizens paying through credit cards.
No double discounts
In the purchase of goods and services which are on promotional discount, the senior citizen can avail of the establishment’s offered discount or the 20% discount provided herein, whichever is higher and more favorable.
In cases where the senior citizen is also a person with disability (PWD) entitled to a 20% discount under his/her valid PWD identification card (ID), the senior citizen shall use either his/her OSCA-issued ID card or PWD ID card to avail of the 20% discount.
The establishment may claim the discounts provided herein as tax deductions based on the cost of the goods sold or services rendered:
- Provided, that the cost of the discount shall be allowed as deduction from gross income for the same taxable year that the discount is granted
- Provided, further, That the total amount of the claimed tax deduction net of VAT, if applicable, shall be included in their gross sales receipts for tax purposes and shall be subject to proper documentation and to the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), as amended.
Read about the Benefits here, http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/services/senior-citizens/
Government assistance of mandatory Philhealth coverage
All senior citizens shall be covered by the national health insurance program of PhilHealth. Funds necessary to ensure the enrollment of all senior citizens not currently covered by any existing category shall be sourced from the National Health Insurance Fund of PhilHealth from proceeds of Republic Act No. 10351, in accordance with the pertinent laws and regulations.
Where to get your Senior Citizen’s ID?
Go to the nearest Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in your area.