Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, R.A. 9994
Resolution No. 23 of 2010
Q&A - Discount on Electric Bill Payments
1. Is Davao Light accepting application for a senior citizen discount?
YES, Davao Light is now accepting application for senior citizen discount from senior citizens, Senior Citizen Center, Residential Care Facility/Institution and Group Home.
Note: Effectivity of the implementing rules and regulations of R.A. 9994 is on January 21, 2011.
2. What are the requirements in applying for the senior citizen discount?
For senior citizens availing the discount, the application will be subject to an inspection and verification of a Customer Retail Service Inspector. Once application is approved, the qualified residential senior citizen must comply with the following qualifications and requirements:
For Senior Citizen Center and Residential Care Facility/Institutions or Group Homes’ operators availing the discount, the application will be subject to an inspection and verification of a Customer Retail Service Inspector. Once application is approved, the following requirements must be complied:
3. How much is the discount I can avail of?
For qualified residential senior citizen:
(Reference: “IRR of R.A. 9994 - Article 12. UTILITY DISCOUNTS Section 1. Five (5%) Discount - The grant of a minimum of five percent (5%) discount relative to the monthly utilization of water and electricity by households with senior citizens;…”)
(Section 1 & 2 of the Resolution no. 23.)
For Senior Citizen Centers and Residential Care Facilities/Institutions or Group Homes
(Reference: “IRR of R.A. 9994 - Article 12. UTILITY DISCOUNTS Section 2. Fifty (50%) Discount - The grant of 50% discount on electricity for DSWD accredited senior citizen centers and residential care institutions and 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.…”)
4. How long will it take for Davao Light to process the application?
5. After my application is approved, when will the discount be given or applied?
For qualified residential senior citizen:
Once the application is approved, the senior citizen discount shall apply in the next billing period after the approval provided:
Instead, the non-senior citizen, non-qualified senior citizen and the qualified senior citizen will subsidize the discounts and adjustments extended to qualified senior citizen end-users for that month.
The senior citizen discount shall be applied on the basic generation, transmission, system loss, distribution, supply, metering, lifeline discount and charges on the consumer bill of the senior citizen end-users
The bill given to the qualified senior citizen or Senior Citizen Center, Residential Care Facility/Institution and Group Home is already net of the discount. Thus, the qualified senior citizen or Senior Citizen Center, Residential Care Facility/Institution and Group Home need not ask for the discount every time they qualify in a given billing month.
The senior citizen is required to re-apply (subject to the verification of the electric distribution utility) before the 12th billing month from approval of the discount to continue to avail of the senior citizen discount.
For Senior Citizen Center, Residential Care Facility/Institution and Group Home:
6. Is the person enjoying lifeline discount can still avail the senior citizen discount?
7. Why are the non-senior citizens, non-qualified senior citizen, qualified senior citizen who exceeded for the month and non-residential customers subsidizes the discounts granted by those who are qualified?
DEFINITION of TERMS:
A. R.A. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010
R.A 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 authored by Senator Pia Cayetano is An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens Further Amending Republic Act No. 7432, As Amended, Otherwise Known as “An Act to Maximize the Contributions of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and for Other Purposes” was enacted which further expanded the coverage of the benefits and privileges being enjoyed by senior citizen end-users to include the entitlement to discounts on their electricity consumptions.
B. Senior Citizen
A senior citizen or an elderly refers to any Filipino citizen who is a resident of the Philippines, and who is sixty (60) years old or above. It may apply to senior citizens with “dual citizenship” status provided they prove their Filipino citizenship and have at least six (6) months residency in the Philippines.
C. Senior Citizen Center, Residential Care Facility/Institution and Group Home
The Senior Citizens Center and Residential Care Facility/Institution refer
s to facilities that provides 24-hour residential care services operated primarily for the purpose of promoting the well-being of abandoned, neglected, unattached or homeless senior citizens. These facilities may be run by the government or non-stock, non-profit organization and is accredited by the DSWD to serve a minimum of ten (10) clients.