Senior citizens and PWDs get to have special discounts when transacting from select physical stores and services. In the future, they can also have the same experience when transacting online.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have scheduled a meeting for stakeholders’ consultation to discuss the said move that gives discounts on online transactions for senior citizens and PWDs.
Currently, DSWD is consolidating the comments it got from agencies and partners pertaining to the guidelines.
Meanwhile, the DTI will identify different consumer protection and business groups invited to the said meeting.
The Joint Administrative Order (JAO) or the “Guidelines On The Provision Of The Statutory Benefits And Privileges Of The Senior Citizens And Persons With Disabilities On Their Purchases Through Online (E-Commerce) And Phone Call/SMS” hopes to have statutory privileges given to PWDs and seniors recognized by businesses, establishments, and even those not registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and DTI.
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With the upcoming guidelines, the government aims to correct people’s misconception that only registered businesses are the only ones that should observe the statutory privileges.
The JAO’s creation started in March thanks to the efforts of the DTI, DSWD, BIR, National Council on Disability Affairs, National Commission of Senior Citizens, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Health.