More basic goods at 5% discount for senior citizens, says DA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:19

Senior citizens can now buy more food and basic items at five percent discount, as provided for under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 or Republic Act No. 9994.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo signed a joint DA-DTI administrative order, October 15, 2010, to implement the provisions of the new law.

More than 20 items were added in the original list under the old law (RA 9257 of 2003), which previously covered basic items like rice, corn, fresh and dried fish, fresh eggs, fresh vegetables, root crops, salt, firewood, charcoal and candles.

The additional prime commodities under RA 9994 are fresh fruits, flour, dairy products not falling under section 2(a) of basic necessities, onions, garlic, geriatric diapers, herbicides; poultry, swine and cattle feed;

Veterinary products for poultry, swine and cattle; construction materials such nipa shingle, plyboard, nails, steel wires, electrical supplies, light bulbs, and batteries.

Each senior citizen can enjoy the five-percent discount on said food and prime commodities, which however are not exempted from the value-added tax (VAT).

Each senior citizen should not buy more than P1,300 per week of said food and basic commodities.

And the total amount should be spent on at least four items and not on just a couple of goods. The unused amount per week cannot be carried over to the following week’s purchase.

Hence, the weekly allowable amount should be totally used up.