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05 April 2011

Public Service Advisory on Mercury Drug Corporation’s delayed implementation of the 20% discount on medicines for PWDs

By: Rep. Walden Bello

Per approval of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Mercury Drug Corporation will begin the implementation of the 20% Discount on Medicines for PWDs on May 1, 2011.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement between Mercury Drug Corporation the House of Representatives Committee on Social Services (HRep-CSS) and Akbayan Party signed on March 1, 2011, Mercury Drug Corp. was given one month to prepare for the implementation of the said discount.

However on March 14, 2011 the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) granted Mercury Drug Corporation an extension of one month, from April 2011 to May 1, 2011, to make all the necessary adjustments in their operating systems to properly implement and account for the discounts.

Akbayan shares the disappointment of Filipinos with Disabilities and their families in the announcement of this unexpected delay. Rest assured that we will continue to receive your concerns and act on them accordingly. We will also keep you updated on the status of the implementation of the discount.

To avail of the discount, Filipinos with Disabilities must have the following:

1. PWD identification card;

2. Doctor’s prescription, even for over-the-counter medicines; and

3. Purchase booklet.

In case a representative will make the purchase, in addition to previous requirements, s/he must also present

1. A currently dated authorization letter; and

2. Identification card.

For more info, you may contact Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello through 931-6575 or


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