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PIA Press Release
2010/11/12

Senior citizens seek implementation of 20% discount on goods, medicines

by Mhars B. Lihgawon

Lagawe, Ifugao (12 November) -- Senior citizens in the province are calling anew all business establishments for the full implementation of the 20-percent discount afforded to them when buying medicines and goods.

In a radio interview, Provincial Sr. Citizen Federation President Miguel Dimalnat, Sr, said about 15,000 members of the organization are appealing to business establishments to grant the 20-percent discount as stipulated in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

"The implementation of the 20-percent discount is a common problem among the senior citizens in the different municipalities since many business owners specially the small ones are not giving the full 20-percent discount," Dimalnat reiterated.

Earlier, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned that a jail term of one year and a fine await establishments that refuse to give senior citizens a full 20-percent discount in medicines, goods and services.

The DSWD made the reminder as it started implementing the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The act exempts senior citizens from the 12-percent value added tax (VAT), effectively allowing them full 20-percent discount on purchases.

Dimalnat said only few of the business establishments in the province are grant the full discount to purchases made by senior citizens. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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