The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are scheduled to hold a consultation meeting by “first week of July” to ensure that all concerned stakeholders are on board in the process of coming up with fair and square online discounts policy for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs).
The DSWD said the stakeholders’ consultation meeting will be held “prior to the finalization of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that will provide discounts for the online transactions” of senior citizens and PWDs.
To prepare for the consultation meeting, DSWD is consolidating the comments of agencies and partners regarding the guidelines,” it said in a statement issued on Monday, June 14.
“In addition, the Department is also seeking assistance from the DTI to identify the different groups of business establishments and consumer protection groups which may be invited in the consultation meeting,” it added.
The JAO serves as the guidelines on the “provision of the statutory benefits and privileges of the senior citizens and PWDs on their purchases through online or e-commerce and phone call/SMS.”
The DSWD said under JAO, “it is hoped the statutory privileges granted to senior citizens and PWDs will be recognized by all establishments, business owners, and individual sellers, including those not registered with the DTI and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).”
It said the guidelines also seek to “correct the misconception that the observance of the statutory privileges is limited to those which are only registered businesses.”
It noted the concerned agencies started crafting the guidelines in March this year. The JAO was the product of the “consultative effort of the DSWD, DTI, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), National Commission of Senior Citizens, National Council on Disability Affairs, Department of Health (DOH) , and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“The DSWD vows to continue to protect and promote the rights and interests of the vulnerable sector. Its collaboration with DTI and other agencies to finalize the JAO is a testament to this commitment.”
On March 10, the DSWD bared that it is expected to meet with the DTI and tackle the proposed guidelines on discounts for online purchases by senior citizens and PWDs.