HEARTENING are reports that the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) now gives a 20-percent discount for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) every time they book a domestic flight online.
Of course, the implementation of the 20 percent discount reflects the genuine concern over the welfare of the country’s special social sectors -- the elderly and the more than 1.5 million PWDs.
Among those elated is ex-Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, a lawyer by profession and chief architect of Republic Act No. 10754 or an Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability.
Signed into law by former President Benigno S. Aquino, RA No. 10754 exempts more than 1.5 million PWDs from the payment of 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) on certain goods and services.
Romualdez, husband of Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez and president of the Philippine Constitution Association, said the move of CAB “will truly promote the interests of PWDs and senior citizens.”
“These benefits and privileges to be extended to them are very valuable and a genuine show of malasakit (compassion) to help their plight,” said the former leader of the House independent bloc.
The CAB resolution requiring local airlines to give senior citizens and PWDs the same discount on tickets bought through their website or mobile app was implemented last July 29.
After that date, local airlines have two months to make and fully run an online system for the discount application.
But the Department of Transportation-CAB stressed that the 20 percent discount “shall not be applicable to tickets sold by virtue of indirect or external sales promotions.”
“Kahit wala na sa gobyerno si Rep. Martin Romualdez eh marami pa ring kababayan natin ang kanyang natutulungan dahil sa implementasyon ng mga binalangkas niyang batas noong siya ay nasa Kongreso pa,” said one of his avid supporters.