Free movies for seniors, PWDs in AC malls

    ANGELES CITY –A city council ordinance granting free movie admissions to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the different malls in this city was unanimously passed during the council’s regular session last week.

    Ordinance No. 394, S-2016 is an amendment to the Senior Citizens’ Code which now grants free movie admissions twice a week during Mondays and Tuesdays fi rst and second screenings.

    However, the privilege cannot be availed during official and special holidays falling on either Monday or Tuesday provided that the senior citizen’s discount given by virtue of RA 9994 shall continue to take eff ect.

    Senior citizens will also have to sign in the logbook provided by the cinema operators to record those who availed themselves of free admission benefi ts. The cinema operators, in turn, are required to submit a quarterly report to the Offi ce of the Senior Citizens Aff airs (OSCA).

    Under Ordinance No. 395, S-2016, PWDs residing in this city are granted free admission to cinemas and theaters operating in the city.

    The said ordinance was unanimously approved by the city council citing the policy of the state under the 1987 Constitution to protect the rights of PWDs and promote their welfare and development.

    However, the privilege falls under the same restrictions as that of the senior citizens where it cannot be availed on offi cial and special holidays falling on either Mondays or Tuesdays.

    Both ordinances were sponsored by Councilor Alfi e T. Bonifacio.

    Both senior citizens and PWDs can now avail of the privilege in movie theaters on Mondays and Tuesdays at SM cinemas, Robinsons, Marquee Mall , Jenra Mall and Nepo Mall, among other malls located in this city.

    The privilege, however, does not cover Imax theaters and 3D screenings and is also not valid on nonworking public holidays. Free admission to movies classified as blockbusters may be availed of a week after initial screening.


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