Beng orders 20% discounts on meds for elderly, PWDs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:03

Concerned with the plight of senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), Mayor Beng Climaco Wednesday issued an executive order enjoining drugstores and pharmacies in the city to strictly comply the provisions of existing laws intended for the two sectors.

Specifically, the order mandates the grant of 20% discounts on purchases of medicines by senior citizens and PWDs.

And to guarantee faithful concurrence of the order, the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and the City Social Welfare and Development office with the assistance of the personnel from the Persons with Disability Affairs Unit (PDAU) have been tasked to monitor and make regular inspection of drugstores and pharmacies to ascertain their compliance.

As provided in sections 6 and 10 of City Ordinance 348 and section 5 of City Ordinance 354 and to ensure immediate disposition of complaints and reports of violations, Mayor Climaco also ordered the OSCA and PDAU “to summon violators and to set the hearing of the complaints or reports of violations received by their office within 3 days upon receipt thereof”.

Within 5 days from last hearing, the OSCA and PDAU shall submit a report, together with all the documents or evidences gathered, to the undersigned with a recommendation for imposition of administrative fine and/ or suspension or revocation of business license or filing of criminal case with the City prosecutor’s Office.

Republic Act 7432 as amended by Ra 9275 grants benefits and privileges to senior citizens, among others in the a form of 20% discount on purchase of medicines. Corollary to this, city Ordinance 348 was also passed mandating strict compliance thereto and creating the City Senior Citizens Council and strengthening the OSCA which was established through Ordinance 143 in 1994.

Likewise, RA 9442, grants at least 25% discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disabilities. City Ordinance 354 was enacted establishing the PDAU under the CSWDO.

Despite the measures employed to curb rampant violations of the enactments and penal sanctions imposed by the same laws, incessant complaints are surfacing against pharmacies and drugstores operating in the city which refused to grant a 20% discount to senior citizens and PWDs, according to Mayor Climaco.

Copies of the executive order issued July 31, have been furnished to all drugstores, pharmacies and hospitals in the city, the OSCA, CSWDO, PDAU and the Association of Drugstores and Pharmacies of Zamboanga City. — Sheila Covarrubias