THE Office of Senior Citizens Association (Osca) is appealing to different utilities in the city to grant the office with the mandated 50 percent discount.

The discount is stipulated in Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

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Councilor Dante Pajo, chairperson of the Committee on Senior Citizens, said they are asking the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco), Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) and Philcom to give Osca the mandated 50 percent discount.

The Osca, located in Barangay 40, is accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a senior citizen center in February 2009 where all activities and recreations of the elderly are held.

Pajo made the request after the committee was furnished with a copy of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 9994.

Article 12 Section 2 of the IRR grants a 50 percent discount on all electricity, water and telephone consumption for DSWD-accredited senior citizens centers and residential institutions or group homes that are run by government or organized groups and operated by non-profit domestic corporations primary for the purpose of promoting the well-being of abandoned, neglected, unattached or homeless senior citizens.

“Since the Osca is a DSWD-accredited center, it has the right to claim what is due to the facility,” Pajo said, as he emphasized that having this kind of discount would mean a lot to the office.

Pajo said the big savings that Osca would get from the discount would be used to finance other programs and projects for senior citizens.

Under his term, Pajo said he plans to pass a resolution at the City Council giving P500 to all senior citizens in this city.

He said he would also work out on the distribution of free movie passes and complete medical benefits in all public hospitals to senior citizens in the city.

Under the law, a minimum of five percent discount on the monthly utilization of water and electricity is also given to households with senior citizens provided the monthly consumption does not exceed 100 kilowatt hours of electricity and 30 cubic meters of water. (NJM)