Calamba City exempts elderly, PWDs from documentary fees

CALAMBA CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - Senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and single parents in this city no longer need to pay for medical certificates, and other documents from private institutions. 

Last March 22, the Calamba City Council approved their City Ordinance No. 708, which aims to exempt senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, and indigent citizens from paying for the issuance of documents from private institutions, including hospitals and schools. 

Documents that can be requested for free include medical certificates, statements of account, hospital bills, medical abstracts, price quotations, school grades, certificates of enrollment, and similar or related documents. 

Applications for these documents that are either unpaid, or not yet paid in full, are also covered in the ordinance. 

Residents who may enjoy this privilege must present their proof of identification, such as Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID, Solo Parent ID, or Certificate of Indigency issued by the City Social Services and Youth Development Office (CSSYDO), or the barangay chairperson where the applicant is residing. 

Along with the barangay chairpersons, the CSSYDO will update their records to determine the indigent residents in their areas of jurisdictions. 

Institutions that will violate the ordinance will be fined from P1,000 to P5,000, or imprisoned for not more than sixty (60) days, at the discretion of the presiding court. (PB) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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