Quezon and Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya— DTI R2 NV continues its advocacy to empower the vulnerable sectors of the community as the team represented by STIDS Aimee Garcia and CPD Technical Assistant Jonalyn Tan conducted an Information Session on Special Discounts for the Senior Citizen and Persons With Disability (PWDs) Associations of Quezon and Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on 25 April and 17 May 2024, respectively.

The said activities were held in collaboration with the LGU Quezon led by Mayor Dolores Binwag through their Office for the Senior Citizens Affairs led by Mr. Wilfredo Pulido, and the LGU Bayombong led by Mayor Antonio Sergio Bagasao through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms. Joji Ramos-Caccacan.

A total of 86 participants composed of OSCA and PDAO chapter officers of the different barangays of the said municipalities joined the sessions.

The DTI R2 NV duo discussed the salient features of the DA, DOE, and DTI Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 24-02 series of 2024, specifically the 2024 Revised Rules on Granting Special Discounts to Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability on Purchase of Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities and the Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.

According to the latest issuance of the said JAO, the discount for Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities purchases by PWDs and Senior Citizens has been increased from 65 pesos to 125 pesos per week.

The discount under this JAO is separate from the 20% statutory discount stated in Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 and Republic Act No. 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of PWDs.

However, this JAO is not applicable for establishments with Barangay Micro Business Enterprise certifications/registrations. This JAO also doesn’t allow carrying over any unused amount to the following week(s). The participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn more about the laws, programs, and/or initiatives that they can avail and benefit from. ♦

Date of release: 04 June 2024