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Gov’t raises weekly grocery discount for seniors, PWDs to P125 

By: Alden M. Monzon - | March 22,2024 - 09:21 AM

A senior citizen shopping at a grocery.

BIGGER CUT From the current P65, the weekly special 5-percent discount for senior citizens and persons with disabilities will go up to P125 starting next week, based on a joint administrative order signed by the trade, agriculture, and energy departments. —INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

New rules for the 5 percent discount on groceries for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) were signed on Thursday. The weekly discount limit will increase from P65 to P125 starting next week.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led the signing of the new rules, which will be published on Monday, March 25.

Once published, it will take effect immediately.

“We recognize the valuable contributions of our senior citizens and persons with disabilities to our society, and this initiative reiterates our unwavering commitment to ensure their access to essential goods,” Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual said during the signing.

READ: Reminder to seniors: Discounts total 32%

Aside from the DTI, the two other signatories are the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Goods covered are those defined in the Price Act, products that are considered essential for sustenance, especially during calamities and other emergencies.

Basic necessities on the DTI’s watch include canned fish and other marine products, processed milk, coffee, laundry soap, detergent, candles, salt, bottled water, and locally manufactured instant noodles.

For its part, the DA mandate covers rice, corn, cooking oil, fresh and dried marine products, fresh eggs, fresh pork, beef and poultry meat, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, sugar, and fresh fruits.

As for the DOE, it is responsible for household liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene.

Examples of prime commodities under DTI supervision are flour, processed and canned pork, beef and poultry, vinegar, fish sauce, toilet soap, paper, school supplies, and batteries.

Those under the DA include dried pork, beef and poultry meat, onion, garlic, fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides, among others.

No carry over

The DTI said the special discount for these items should be for the exclusive use of senior citizens and PWDs, with no provision allowing any unused amount to be carried over to the next week.

It also clarified that the discount was different from the 20-percent statutory discount granted under Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, as well as those under RA. 10754 or the Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of PWDs.


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