Show Cause Order for Mercury Drug Corporation, Wilson Street, San Juan, Metro Manila

July 29, 2010

In re: Letter –complaint of Ms. Agnes Atienza
Filed through the Office of the National Council
On Disability Affairs

FDA CASE NO. CMP-DP-2010-032

For: Violation of Chapter 8, Section 32 (a) of
RA 7277, as amended by RA 9442 in relation
to AO 2009-0011

The Branch Manager
MERCURY DRUG CORPORATION
Wilson Street, San Juan, Metro Manila
Respondent

SHOW CAUSE ORDER

Before this Office is a complaint of a certain Agnes Atienza filed through the office of the National Council on Disability Affairs against your establishing for the alleged refusal of your establishment on March 27, 2010 to grant her two (2) children, both with disabilities, the twenty (20) percent discount in the purchase of medicines entitled to persons with disabilities.

Chapter 8, Section 32 [c] of Republic Act No. 7277, as amended by Republic Act No. 9442 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and For Other Purposes” in relation to Section V [5] as implemented by Section VI [4] of Administrative Order No. 2009-0011 provides that persons with disabilities shall be entitled to at least twenty (20) percent discount in the purchase of branded and unbranded medicines from all establishments dispensing medicines for their exclusive use or enjoyment.

IN VIEW THEREOF, you are ordered to show valid cause in writing and present your evidence in support thereof within fifteen (15) days from receipt hereof as to why no legal or administrative action should be taken against you and your establishment for the aforesaid violation. In the event of failure to do so, judgement by default will be rendered against you and the case shall be decided based on the evidence on record.

The Regulation Division I is hereby directed to cause the service of this Order and to submit a report thereof to the Legal, Information and Compliance Division.

SO ORDERED. 24 May 2010, FDA, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

ORIGINAL PRESIDENT
NAZARITA T. TACANDONG, RPh, MPA
Acting Director

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Show Cause Order for Mercury Drug Corporation, Q-Plaza Branch, Cainta Rizal

July 29, 2010

Ref: LICD No. 10-1926
In Re: Letter Complaint of Mr. Bernard M.
Peralta
dated 06 April 2010 filed at National
Council on Disability Affairs

BFAD CASE NO. CMP-PD-2010-031

For: Violation of Chapter 8, Sec. 32 [a]
of RA 7277 as amended by RA 9442 in
relation to AO 2009-0011

The General Manager;
MERCURY DRUG CORPORATION,
Q-Plaza Branch, Cainta Rizal
Respondent

SHOW CAUSE ORDER

This refers to the letter complaint of Bernard M. Peralta received by this Office from the National Council on Disability Affairs on 18 May 2010 against your establishment for the alleged refusal to grant 20% discount to persons with disability for the purchase of medicines.

Chapter 8, Section 32 [c] of RA 7277 as amended by RA 9442 in relation to Section V (5) as implemented by Section VI (4) of AO 2009-0011 provides that persons with disability shall be entitled to at least twenty percent [20%] discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores for the exclusive use or enjoyment of persons with disability.

IN VIEW THEREOF, you are a given a period of (15) days from receipt hereof to show valid cause in writing as to why no administrative action should be taken against you and your establishment for the aforesaid violation. In the event of your failure to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you and the case shall be decided based on the evidence on record.

The DOH-Center for Health Development No. IV-A, QMMC Compound, Project 4, Quezon City, is hereby requested to cause the service of this Order and to submit a report thereof to the FDA-LICD.

SO ORDERED. 24 May 2010, FDA, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

ORIGINAL SIGNED
NAZARITA T. TACANDONG, RPh, MPA

Acting Director IV

Encl: copy of complaint

Copy furnished:

Mr. Bernard M. Peralta
c/o National Council on Disability Affairs
NCDA Building, Isidora Street
Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City

Mr. Mateo A. Lee, Jr.
Officer-In-Charge
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY AFFAIRS
NCDA Building, Isidora Street
Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City

-Ms. Nemia T. Getes
Chief Regulation Division I

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Letter of Food and Drug Administration on the Implementation of 20% Discount on Purchase of Medicine

July 28, 2010

FDA
Food and Drug Administration, Philippines

Ref. LICD No. 10-123

10 June 2010-07-28

MATEO A. LEE, JR.
Officer-In-Charge
National Council on Disability Affairs
NCDA Building, Isidora Street, Brgy. Holy Spirit
Quezon City

Dear Mr. Lee,

This is in reference to your letter dated 01 February 2010 addressed to the Honorable Secretary of Health Esperanza I. Cabral, M.D., which the same was endorsed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with respect to implementation of the availment of 20% discount on purchase of medicines from drug establishments for the exclusive use of persons with disability (PWD).

As you have raised in the said letter, persons with disability experience difficulty in availing the said 20% discount pursuant to Section 32 of Republic Act No. 9442 amending Republic Act No. 7277 of the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

In response thereto, and for this FDA to take appropriate legal actions to the erring drugstores which allegedly refuse to grant the said 20% discount to PWD be lodged with this Office.

Rest assured that FDA is committed in promoting the welfare of our disabled Filipino citizens and as such, FDA shall, as part of our routine inspection to all drugstores, strictly monitor and audit the record of books of PWD maintained by drugstore to ensure compliance with Republic Act No. 9442 and Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2009-0011.

Thank you for your time and for bringing to our attention your concerns

More power and our warmest regards.

Very truly yours,

ORIGINAL SIGNED
NAZARITA T. TACANDONG, RPh, MPA

Acting Director IV

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NVA President, Conferred Most Outstanding PWD Award” by UP-PGH

July 23, 2010

In the photo from right to left, are Chancellor Ramon Arcadio,  Secretary Corazon (Dinky) Soliman, Eng’r. Emer Rojas (awardee) and Dr. Rolando Domingo, the UP-PGH Hospital Director.
In the photo from right to left, are Chancellor Ramon Arcadio, Secretary Corazon (Dinky) Soliman, Eng’r. Emer Rojas (awardee) and Dr. Rolando Domingo, the UP-PGH Hospital Director.

The UP-PGH Department of Rehabilitation Medicine celebrated the “32nd National Disability and Rehabilitation Week” with their annual Recognition Award of Outstanding PWD last July 12, 2010. This is to honor valuable contributions and selfless efforts of individual Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and organizations to support the rehabilitation and recovery of new PWD patients.

For 2010, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman as UP-PGH special guest, led the awarding of Engr. Emer Rojas of the New Vois Ass’n. of the Phils. Inc. The award cited his all-out support in the rehabilitation of voice-impaired persons for the past seven years.

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32nd NDPR Week Activities

July 19, 2010

Here is the list of activities for the 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration including the dates and venues:

  • July 17 Thanksgiving Mass – Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
  • July 17 Formal Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting of “Likhang PWD 2010” (Exhibit of Artworks and Products by PWDs) – Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
  • July 17 Family Fun Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) – Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City and Glorietta 5 Atrium, Ayala Mall, Makati City
  • July 18 “Sports Activities – Wheelchair Basketball” – PSC, Philsports Gym, ULTRA, Pasig City
  • July 19 “Sports Activities – Tenpin Bowling Tournament” – SM North EDSA, Quezon City (tentative)
  • July 19 Poster Making Contest – SM Food Court, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
  • July 20 Web Accessibility Forum – Philvocs, Quezon City
  • July 21 Forum on Accessibility Law and Universal Design Concept – DOH Convention Hall, Manila
  • July 22 Paligsahan ng May “K” sa Kasaysayan at Kultura ng Pilipinas – National Historical Institute (NHI) Auditorium, Manila
  • July 22 Medical and Dental Mission (community-based) – Commonwealth Elementary School, Quezon City
  • July 23 Commemoration of Mabini’s Birthday – Tanauan City, Batangas and Polytecnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Sta. Mesa, Manila
  • July 17-23 Medical Mission Newborn Screening Campaign/Orientation – Philippine General Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center and Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • July 17-23 Livelihood Exhibits of Products Made by Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) – SM North EDSA, Quezon City and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Grounds, Intramuros, Manil
  • July 17-23 “Advocacy Access Radio Program” – DZAS-702 Radio Station
  • July 17-23 Dissemination of Information on NDPR Week in the Tri-Media
  • July 17-23 Hanging of Streamers

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32nd NDPR Celebration Project Brief

July 18, 2010

BACKGROUND

The National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week is an annual celebration of the national government being spearheaded by then National Commission Concerning Disabled Persons (NCCDP) by virtue of Proclamation No. 1870 issued in June 22, 1979 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Subsequently, in August 19, 2000, President Joseph E. Estrada issued Proclamation No. 361 superseding Proclamation No. 1870 wherein the celebration of that weeklong event was spearheaded by the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons, the forerunner of NCCDP and now the National Council on Disability Affairs. This public policy aims at paying tribute to millions of Filipinos nationwide and recognizing their valuable contributions in nation-building. Its primary objective is to stimulate public awareness on disability problems and concerns particularly issues on disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs). The observance of this event is being commemorated on July 17-23 and shall culminate on the birthdate of Apolinario Mabini, the “Sublime Paralytic” on July 23.

In order to highlight the nation’s efforts towards disability prevention and rehabilitation leading to the effective integration of persons with disabilities into the mainstream of society as mandated under Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons,” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 35 in May 3, 2002 “Directing All Departments, Bureaus, Government-Owned and/or Controlled Corporations, Government Financial Institutions, Local Government Units, State Universities/Colleges and Schools, and Other Government Agencies/Instrumentalities to Promote and Conduct Relevant Activities During the Annual Observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.” The directive stipulates, among others, “that the funds necessary to carry out its provisions shall be sourced out by the concerned agencies from their annual appropriation, the amount of which shall not be less than one percent (1%) of each agency’s total budget for the year or equivalent to the amount provided for under Sections 29 and 31 of the General Appropriations Act.”

OBJECTIVES

The observance of NDPR Week has multi-faceted objectives as follows:

  • To stimulate public awareness on disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of the different government and non-governmental organizations including cause-oriented groups, civil society, self-help groups of persons with disabilities, the academe, professional groups and societies, local government units, business sector, the media and other entities of the society;
  • To serve as the vehicle of information for programs being implemented by government agencies and organizations of and for persons with disabilities that adhere to the promotion of the inherent rights and issues of persons with disabilities;
  • To encourage every Filipino citizen to take active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of persons with disabilities in our society, thereby encouraging them to take pro-active roles in nation-building;
  • To generate full media support on the celebration and other disability-related issues and concerns that affect persons with disabilities and their families; and
  • To develop and strengthen cooperation and partnership between and among the various sectors of the Philippine society for better understanding of disability issues and concerns.

LEAD AGENCY AND CHAIRPERSON

For this year’s celebration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was chosen to be the lead agency with the Department of Health (DOH) as vice-chair. As the lead agency, the representative designated by their Secretary shall act as the Chairperson and will call and preside all meetings of the Committee. True to this mandate, the Honorable Dimas Soguilon, DPWH Assistant Secretary, acts as the Chairperson for this year’s celebration.

NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE

A National Working Committee for the celebration is being organized to steer the different activities that will be conducted whose composition are representatives of national government agencies and non-government organizations of and for persons with disabilities based in the National Capital Region/Metro Manila.

The member agencies other than the DPWH and DOH are as follows:

• Department of Environment and Natural Resources
• Department of the Interior and Local Government
• Department of Labor and Employment
• Department of Social Welfare and Development
• Department of Trade and Industry
• Department of Transportation and Communications
• Department of Foreign Affairs
• Department of Education
• Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
• Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
• Philippine Postal Corporation
• Commission on Human Rights
• Manila International Airport Authority
• House of Representatives-Committee on Social Services
• Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine
• Archdiocese of Manila Office of Persons with Disabilities Ministries
• Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy, Inc.
• Christian Blind Mission
• DZAS 702-Far East Broadcasting Corporation
• SM Committee on Disability Affairs
• SM Foundation, Inc.
• Liliane Foundation Philippines, Inc.
• National Historical Institute
• National Anti-Poverty Commission-PWD Sector
• Philippine Association of Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc.
• Philippine Sports Association for Differently-Abled, Inc.
• Christian Blind Mission
• Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc.
• Autism Society Philippines

THE THEME

This year’s celebration carries the theme ‘’SA ISTRUKTURANG ACCESSIBLE, LAHAT AY ABLE,” a combination of English and Tagalog languages. However, for common understanding among the general public an English text is conceptualized as “ÁN ACCESSIBLE STRUCTURE IS ABLE TO HELP ALL.”

The theme was aptly chosen and adopted by the members to align with the functions of the lead agency whose mandate, among others, concerns the promotion of the accessibility of persons with disabilities towards a barrier-free environment pursuant to Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 better known as the “Accessibility Law.” This is ably supported by Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons” and its amendatory law, Republic Act No. 9442. This is being considered as an important factor in order to enhance public understanding of accessibility issues, and where relevant, they can be used as resources in the development of other national and local standards.

Best practices in universal design among buildings and other public infrastructures are also being considered in the theme as basis for discussion among local building officials/authorities, architects and building owners to comply with the universal design principles. This will provide affordable design practices that meet the needs of the widest possible range of people who use the facility.

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES

To drumbeat the weeklong celebration, various activities will be conducted/undertaken which include:

  1. Thanksgiving Mass and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Mabini Shrine
  2. Formal Opening Ceremony
  3. Family Fun Day of Persons with Disabilities
  4. Paligsahan ng May “K” sa Kasaysayan at Kultura ng Pilipinas
  5. Livelihood Exhibits of Products Made by PWDs
  6. Poster Making Contest
  7. Jobs Fair
  8. Wellness and Lifestyle Seminar
  9. Regional Orientation on Accessibility Law and Universal Design Concept
  10. Community Medical Mission
  11. Sports Activities
  12. Information Dissemination/Advocacy
  13. Commemoration of Mabini’s Birthday, July 23
  14. Newborn Screening
  15. Access Radio Program at DZAS 702
  16. other agency activities as per their mandate mainstreaming disability agenda

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

The activities that were identified by the members of the National Working Committee will be implemented at the National Capital Region/Metro Manila. Member agencies with regional offices are encouraged to conduct their own activities as per their mandate mainstreaming disability agenda in collaboration with the local government units and other organizations of and for persons with disabilities operating in their respective territorial jurisdictions. The Regional Committees on Disability Affairs (RCDAs) in each region shall serve as the focal point where its member agencies could spearhead the activities. The Council’s four (4) Regional Programs Coordinators shall serve as focal persons who shall assist in giving the necessary assistance and directions in the activities to be conducted. Their names, areas of coverage and contact numbers are as follow:

Name Areas of Coverage Contact Numbers
Ms. Cynthia Barriga Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR 0920-9062297
Ms. Ruth Tacujan Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5 and 6 0920-9062305
Ms. Evelyn Dolencio Regions 7, 8, 9 and 10 0920-9062302
Ms. Flerida Labanon Regions 11, 12, Caraga, ARMM & NCR 0920-9062304

PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS AND PUBLICITY

In order to generate wide publicity of the weeklong celebration, various promotional efforts will be undertaken by members of the National Working Committee using various modes. Media coverage is encouraged to be done in order to generate the necessary information on the celebration and the activities to be conducted/undertaken. In turn, it is expected that it would be broadcasted and/or printed by the media networks that covered the event.

On the other hand, it is required to all concerned to hang streamers in conspicuous places such as public offices, plazas, schools, provincial capitols, city/municipal/barangay halls, hospitals and such other public facilities. For purposes of uniformity, a white cloth/tarpaulin streamer with the following specifications and text presented hereunder shall be strictly observed and followed.

FEEDBACKING AND MONITORING MECHANISM

In order for the Secretariat to determine the activities conducted by various agencies and organizations, a Feedback Report will be required from concerned agencies and organizations following the prescribed format attached to this document. As much as possible, it should be submitted to NCDA one (1) week after the celebration which shall be consolidated into an Accomplishment Report which will be submitted to the Office of the President.

While the celebration is on-going, the Regional Programs Coordinators and/or other designated staff/representatives of NCDA shall monitor all activities being conducted in their respective areas of jurisdiction in coordination with the Regional Committees on Disability Affairs.

Prepared by:

RIZALIO R. SANCHEZ
Information Officer V

Approved:

MATEO A. LEE, JR.
Officer-in-Charge

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