Seniors advised on OSCA IDs, other documents to get 20% discount PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:28

To avoid any inconveniences when availing of the 20 percent discount from pharmacies, senior citizens are advised to bring with them the purchase booklet with their OSCA identification card and the doctor’s prescription, or, if they are incapacitated and cannot personally purchase medicines, an authorization letter for their representative.

In an interview, Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) center head Nelinda Saipudin reiterated that pharmacies and drugstores are mandated by law to comply with the discount, however, senior citizens should be prepared with the necessary documents required of them.

“The discount is for senior citizens only, but sometimes, other persons may take advantage of this to buy medicine not necessarily intended for the elderly using the OSCA ID,” said Ms. Saipudin.

She furthered that the law also provides for a five percent discount on basic commodities such as, but not limited to rice, corn, bread, fish, meat; and prime commodities like fruits, dairy products, noodles, onion, garlic and others. The complete list of items is stipulated in the new Senior Citizens’ Purchase Slip, which the OSCA will release soon.    Meanwhile, the purchase should not exceed P1,300 in a week.

However, Ms. Saipudin clarified that only stores and supermarkets with a capitalization of over P100,000 are mandated to comply with the five percent discount. Sari-sari stores, food courts, and flea markets are excluded.

In addition, the OSCA head said that she had already spoke with retailers and pharmacies in the city to honor only commodity purchase slips with an OSCA stamp, which can be secured at their office. Also, for those senior citizens who have already filled up their old medicine purchase booklet, they may simply get their doctor’s prescription stamped at the OSCA for them to be honored with the discount in pharmacies and drugstores.

“We have to take these necessary measures to prevent non-senior citizens from taking advantage and abusing the discounts,” she said.

However, in the event when pharmacies and business establishments still do not grant the discount in spite of having all the necessary documents, Ms. Saipudin invited the senior citizens to bring their complaints at the OSCA.

Earlier this month, Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar issued an executive order mandating all pharmacies and drugstores to seriously comply with the provisions of the law with regard to granting the discount. The OSCA, PWD Affairs office, and the City Social Welfare and Development Office are tasked to strictly monitor pharmacies, drugstores and other business establishments in the city.

Republic Act 9994 provides that establishments that do not comply with the discount may be imprisoned for not less than two years with a fine not less than P50,000 for the first violation. — FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST