• Biñan not ‘senior citizen friendly’


    BIÑAN, Laguna: Tourists and visitors know Biñan as the home of Filipino delicacies like puto, ampaw and pinipig among others. But the town may also go down in history as an unfriendly place for senior citizens.

    Weeks after election lawyer Romulo Macalintal complained against the owners of two restaurants for violating Republic Act 9994 of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), another senior citizen is complaining for not being given the corresponding discount as stipulated by law by a popular drugstore.

    Jun Diokno, a senior citizen and diabetic, tried to purchase maintenance medicines from Mercury Drug at the Pavillion Mall in this town on May 25.

    Diokno was with his childhood friend Norbie Garcia when the incident happened. He surrendered his prescription together with his senior citizen card and booklet to the attending pharmacist to avail of the 20 percent discount and value added tax (VAT) exemption.

    Since the prescription had no PTR (Professional Tax Receipt) number, the pharmacist refused to sell the medicine on discount.

    Diokno reminded the pharmacist of the provisions of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act which states that a senior citizen shall be entitled to a 20 percent discount and VAT exemption on the purchase of goods (medicines) from all establishments.

    He added that nothing in the said law indicates that this could not be done in the absence of a physician’s PTR number.

    However, the drugstore’s supervisor Mary Grace Abrogar reiterated what the pharmacist said and refused to give Diokno a discount.


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    1. Sue ’em for violating the law and your rights guaranteed by Republic Act 9994. Make this establishment pay for breaking the law.

    2. Instead of him going to the Media to complain, the senior citizen should take the name of both sales clerk and the supervisor or manager of Mercury Drug Store. The Senior Citizen should bring the receipt issued to him by Mercury Drug Store plus the name of the Clerk and the Supervisor to the Barangay and submit a complaint, or to the office of the Fiscal in Binan.

      Mercury is well known of doing such things. A lesson should be teach to it to stop Mercury and doing it all the time to seniors. There is law on this and it should be followed by Mercury.