MANILA – Key agencies will craft a uniform guideline for online privileges for both senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), according to the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).
Even before any draft may be seen, lawyer Victor Dimagiba, president of Laban Konsyumer, Inc., filed a complaint against the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for failing to come up with draft guidelines for the online discounts for senior citizens and PWDs as part of its earlier commitments.
In an earlier inter-agency meeting with ARTA, the DSWD committed to lead the drafting of a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) as the matter on senior citizens and PWDs are under its mandate.
Dimagiba’s complaint states that most senior citizens and PWDs have turned to online shopping amid the Covid-19 pandemic so they can safely purchase food, medicine, and other necessities. However, they are not able to claim discount privileges granted by law because most merchants do not know what and how to grant them their discounts.
The senior citizens and PWDs should be able to avail of their discounts when buying necessities and prime commodities even online, the Department of Trade and Industry says.
The DSWD is expected to deliver by its commitment, to consolidate comments of concerned agencies on the JAO on or before June 15, 2021 prior to the intended consultation meeting with stakeholders before the current month ends. (LO/The MiNT)