Senior citizen discounts in monthly electric bills

At least 1,545 senior citizens already received their respective five-percent discount in monthly electric bills from the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (ISECO).

According to ISECO OIC-general manager Egdon A. Sabio, the implementation of the five-percent discount on monthly electric bills started last February 2011 in line with the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

Under Sections 4 and 5 of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2011, all qualified residential senior citizen consumers are entitled to a five-percent electricity discount on their residential consumption.

On the other hand, public utilities such as senior citizen’s center or home of the aged are given 50-percent discount in electric consumption provided they meet the prescribed requirements.

This law was signed and enacted on December 15, 2010, but the Implementing Rules and Regulations was released last January 2011.

Manager Vicky M. Busque of the ISECO’s Institutional Services Department (ISD) said the qualified senior citizens, who will avail of the five percent discount, are registered residential consumer-members residing for at least one year in their present address and their electric consumption do not exceed 100 kwh.

Each house connection regardless of the number of senior citizens residing there will only be entitled to five percent discount. For senior citizens with multiple accounts, only the house where he/she resides shall be given discount.

To avail of this privilege, senior citizens must have to personally apply to the ISECO sub-office serving their area. He/she must present Senior Citizen ID or in its absence–any proof of age and citizenship, proof of residence (barangay certificate/affidavit of two disinterested persons duly notarized and has known the senior citizen for not less than a year), proof of billing (copy of electric bill in the name of the senior citizen).

In case the senior citizen is already too old and not capable to apply personally to the ISECO sub-office, a representative could apply in his/her behalf. The representative must present a valid ID and authorization letter of the senior citizen duly signed and duly notarized.

Senior Citizen’s Center and Residential Care Facility/Institution that are operated as non-stock, non-profit center could also avail of 50-percent discount on electricity bill provided that the operators could present copy of their approved DSWD accreditation and the center must be operating for at least six months and the meter installed in that particular center is utilized solely for the operation of the senior citizen center.

“The processing of applications of qualified senior citizens member-consumers for the five percent discount in their monthly electric billing is continuing,” she said.

Busque appealed to all qualified unregistered senior citizens member–consumers of ISECO to apply at the nearest sub-office in their town to avail the five percent discount in their monthly billings.

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