We had difficulty getting travel agencies and hotels in Puerto Prinsesa to grant to us the 20% discount for Senior citizen from the tour rates. The only practical way for groups of tourists to get bookings for the Underground River tour in advance is to book trough a tour agent or thru your hotel. When we booked our stay at the hotel of our choice they did confirm that will grant to us the discount for seniors for the hotel bills.
However, when we asked to the Hotel to book us for the underground river tour, they came back with and informed that the tour agency they are tied up with could only grant to us a P70.00 discount for seniors from the quoted price of P1,500.00 per person. And this discount, we found out later, was only because the Puerto Prinsesa City government itself grants a discount for Seniors from the entrance fees.
As we had no choice, we accepted this offer thus insuring that our desire to see the underground river would not be for naught.
Our first visit upon arrival was to the City Tourism Office . We requested assistance to enable us to get the Senior Citizen discount as mandated by law. They confirmed that Senior Citizens should be given 20% discounts on the entire cost of the tour which in our case should be a deduction of P300.00 and not the p70.00 which was offered to us. They also explained that it is the responsibility of the Hotel who booked for us to obtain this dicount from the tour agency. They they called our hotel and talk to them.
And that was how we finally got the discounts