A resolution urgently requesting the Office of the Mayor, pertinent government offices, and all drug stores in Bacolod City to allow senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PDWs) to purchase medicines for more than one month, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod, recently.
The present policy of the government based on the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force prohibits senior citizens and PWDs from going out except to buy medicine. Such policy has caused so much inconvenience on their part, the resolution said.
As long as they have prescriptions, senior citizens and PWDs should be allowed to purchase their maintenance medicines, good for more than a month, to minimize the number of times they have to go out, it said.
The resolution cited the long queues at the pharmacies that spill over the sidewalks, as everyone, including PWDs and senior citizens observed social distancing.
The resolution said that as vulnerable sectors of the community, allowing them to go out is very risky as it will expose them to infections particularly the COVID-19.
Many of our senior citizens and PWDs are sickly and allowing them to queue for a long time is causing them inconvenience, the resolution said.
Such policy, aside from being inhumane, is also contrary to our purpose of quarantine and social distancing as they are drawn to gather in large numbers, it added.
The resolution authored by Councilors Simplicia Distrito, Dindo Ramos, Al Victor Espino and Bartolome Orola, Sr. was also addressed to the Department of Social Services and Development, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, and Office of Persons with Disability Affairs.*
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