The resolution is up for approval by the CAB this week, and once implemented, senior citizens and PWD’s who avail of the discount through online bookings will be required to present government-issued identification cards upon check-in for verification. Philippine passports, Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA)-issued ID’s, and digitized Social Security System, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID’s are among the forms of identification that beneficiaries can present as proof of identity.Those who are unable to prove their identity upon check-in or those who are found to be using fraudulent ID’s will be made to forfeit the discount, however.
Should this new initiative prove successful, it will certainly benefit quite a handful of Filipinos. According to the recent census data, 6.8 percent of the population is 60 years old and over, amounting to over 7 million senior citizens total. PWD’s, on the other hand, comprise 1.5% of the country at 1,450,000.