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Maasin City strengthens RA 9994 for senior citizens

By RG Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (6 December) -- The local government of Maasin had set an activity to strengthen Republic Act 9994 known as the Expanded Senior Citizen Benefit Law on December 10, 2010 at the city's gymnasium, Felisa Diola, focal person assigned for senior citizens throughout the locality reported.

Diola, City Social Welfare Aide said that the one-day activity will tackle the rights of senior citizens to take their proper place in the society and make it a concern of the family, community and the government. It will be attended by senior citizens association officers of the 70 barangays throughout the city.

RA 9994 allows senior citizens to enjoy fully the 20-percent discount on consumer goods and services provided under 2003 legislation known as an "Act to maximize the contributions of Senior Citizens to nation building, grant benefits and special privileges and for other purposes" or the RA 7342.

It was learned that the EVAT exemption for the senior citizens, or those who are 60 years old and above, applies to purchases of medicines and essential medical supplies, accessories and equipment; fees of attending physicians; medical, dental fees and diagnostic and laboratory fees; fares for buses, jeepneys, taxis, AUVs, shuttle services, public railways, domestic air and sea transport craft.

The tax privilege also applies to services in hotels, restaurants and similar establishments; admission fees in cinemas, theaters and other places of culture, leisure and amusement; and funeral and burial services.

"It will also give full support to the improvement of the total well-being of the elderly and their full participation in society will be encouraged, considering that senior citizens are part of the society," Diola disclosed.

Moreover, the day activity will also recognize the important role of the private sector in the improvement of the welfare of the elderly and to actively seek their partnership in any of the activities concerning them.

Diola further noted that more than 5 years after the implementation of the Senior Citizens law, at least those who are affected, would be knowledgeable about the basic issues involved. And in order to effectively disseminate and implement properly the vital information of the law concerning the senior citizens, strengthening of the expanded law will be done.

The law has more important provisions and the listing of possible violations particularly on the sale of medicines with their corresponding penalties will be discussed, Diola added.

The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs in each city/municipality serves as the first in line of defense for the senior citizens and this venue will give enlightenment to the aging "heroes in our society. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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