BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- The lone district representative of Baguio has filed a bill in Congress increasing the discount of senior citizens on utilities from five to ten percent.
Congressman Mark Go authored and filed House Bill 5960 granting senior citizens a 10% discount on their monthly electric and water consumption provided that their electricity and water consumption does not exceed 100 kilowatt hours (100 Kwh) and 30 cubic meters (30 m3), respectively.
“The senior citizens are still considered as one of the poorest sectors in the Philippine society. Most of the seniors who are working under the informal sectors are not covered by pensions and health care benefits,” Go stressed.
“It remains a fact that this sector of society is having difficulties to keep up with the relatively rapid economic growth where prices of medicines, health, care, basic goods and commodities, and house utilities are constantly increasing through time. This discount increase as an additional relief is what our elderlies have been waiting for,” he added.
The measure will amend a provision of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 relative to the increase of the said grant on their monthly utility consumption.
RA 9994 states that the grant of a minimum of 5% discount relative to the monthly consumption of water and electricity by households with senior citizens. For the discount to be granted, individual meters of the utilities should be registered in the name of the senior citizen residing therein. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)