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.