A panel in the House of Representatives has approved a bill granting tax exemptions to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
The House Committee on Tourism, chaired by Rep. Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon of Davao Oriental, recommended for plenary approval House Bill 7964 or the proposed Tax-Free Travel for Senior Citizens and PWDs Act. The bill is principally authored by Rep. Greg Gasataya of Bacolod City.
Gasataya expressed optimism that the bill's enactment will improve the lives of senior citizens and PWDs.
“Those who have less in life should have more in law. While there are existing benefits for Senior Citizens and PWDs provided by law, the State can further develop policies that would induce a more satisfactory life for them,” said Gasataya, vice chairman of the House committee on technical and higher education.
These individuals, he said, are the most likely to require special medical intervention that may be better acquired in other countries.