VCWD Extends Discount to Senior Citizens
Valencia City Water District (VCWD) successfully implemented its Senior Citizens discount in the year 2010, in response to the call of Republic Act No. 9994 also known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010,” granting additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, further amending Republic Act No. 7432 of 1992 as amended by Republic Act No. 9257 of 2003.
The said Act defines senior citizen or elderly as any resident citizen of the Philippines at least 60 years old. Moreover, the law also provides grant of a minimum of 5% discount on water and electric bills registered in the name of the senior citizen residing therein, and provided that the monthly consumption does not exceed 100 kilowatt hours of electricity and 30 cubic meters of water.
Despite the minimum recommendation of only 5% discount, VCWD recognizes the important role of senior citizens in nation building and its congruent vulnerability, thus the management’s decision and policy to extend up to 7% discount on the water bill of senior citizen.
The privilege is granted to a qualified senior citizen who meets the following mandatory conditions, namely:
- The senior must be a resident of the household;
- Water connection must be residential;
- The consumption should not exceed 30 cubic meter;
- The discount is granted per household, regardless of the number of senior citizens living therein;
- There must be renewal of application of senior citizen discount every year;
- A senior citizen can only avail of one connection discount;
- For change of name, the discount will be availed one (1) year after filing of the application;
- A valid senior citizen ID must be presented upon payment of water bills
Further, the requirements for availment are as follows: (Submit at least three (3) of any of the following)
- Application Form
- Latest Picture
- Proof of residence
- Valid Senior Citizen ID Card
- Other valid ID (Specify card and & number)
- Authorization Letter (for representative)
- Certification from the President of Barangay Senior Citizen Organization
- Birth Certificate or other proof of age
- Proof of Billing (latest water bill)
Senior citizens discount are not only for the benefit of the elderly, but it also provide a helpful reprieve for families and breadwinners.