DSWD backs 20% discount for senior citizens

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

MANILA, Aug. 6 —The Department of Social Welfare and Development strongly supports the proposed guidelines in the availment of 20 percent discount for senior citizens in restaurants and other food establishments.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that the proposed restaurant guidelines should revolve around the only limitation imposed by Republic Act 9257, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, that it should be for the “exclusive use and enjoyment” of the senior citizen.<

Resolution 3, issued by the National Coordinating and Monitoring Board (NCMB), was also signed and endorsed by the respective heads of Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) and Association of Retired Postal and Senior Citizens (ARPES).

“As a result of the consultation meetings between DSWD and the Quick-Service Restaurants League, it was reiterated that the 20 percent discount benefit shall apply only to food purchases for the “personal consumption” of the Filipino elderly.

Moreover, certain mechanisms for accompanied-dining or 'group meals,' as well as take-out, drive-thru, and delivery orders were discussed to provide reasonable standards for a fair application of the law,” Cabral said.

In another development, the DSWD field office XI's crisis intervention unit and deportees processing center in Zamboanga City has assisted 82 deportees from Sabah, Malaysia who arrived in the country last July 22.

The deportees are composed of 42 adults, 23 youths and 17 children, who came from the provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Cagayan de Oro City.

Cabral said that all of the deportees underwent medical check-ups.

“We found out that 17 of them were sick and malnourished, including three children, six youth and eight adults, and they were all given medical care,” Cabral said.

Some 5,785 deportees and some 14 repatriates were recorded since January 2009.

Cabral said the department provided some 5,628 deportees with P5.27-million worth of assistance.

The services and interventions extended by DSWD to deportees include provisions of food, clothing and transportation assistance.

Moreover, the deportees were also provided psychosocial interventions – specifically critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) to lessen the impact of trauma to the deportees.

Cabral said that the deportees were also referred to the provincial social welfare and development office (PSWDO) of the original places of residence for follow through and other support social services. (PNA)

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