Senior, PWD discount for online purchases 

Covid-19 in verse: Infectious disease expert Dr. Joseph Adrian Buensalido's poems with art works by Dr. Jocel Sofia Buensalido

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) will now be able to get discounts for online purchases.  

Media reports said several government agencies issued a joint memorandum circular granting senior citizens and PWDs a 20 percent discount, as well as the 8 percent value-added tax (VAT) exemption for online purchases, phone calls and mobile applications. 

The discount will also apply to tele-medical consultations, digital bookings of land transport and sea and air travel services and online payments for hotels and restaurant reservations. 

Discounts will also be available for selected products, including coffee, sugar, rice, cooking oil, detergent and prescription medicines. 

To get the discount, the @Department of Trade and Industry said customers should upload or present their senior citizen or PWD IDs online before making purchases. 

Insurance for more Pinoys  

@GCash and @Generali Philippines are offering four affordable insurance packages on GCash’s GLife feature as part of the mobile wallet’s goal to provide safety and convenience to Filipinos. 

GLife, the mini app within GCash, currently offers food, groceries, gadgets, fashion and beauty products. By adding insurance to its menu, it aims to help Filipinos secure their health and finances, especially  as the lingering effects of the corona virus disease 2019 pandemic are still being felt. 

GCash users can avail of Generali’s four insurance packages via GLife starting at P270. 

“This new partnership (with Generali) reflects our commitment to help the country achieve financial inclusion by offering affordable products to help Filipinos protect their future and improve their lives especially during these trying times,” said GCash president and chief executive officer @Martha Sazon. 

The GenProtect Basic 50, for P270, offers P50,000 worth of personal accident benefit, P5,000 worth of accidental medical reimbursement benefit (if hospitalization is due to an accident), and P500 daily hospital accident benefit for up to 14 days.  

The package also comes with the 24/7 Call-A-Doc telemedicine service so users can consult with a medical professional up to three calls anytime, anywhere. 

An insurance plan for P280, GenProtect Plus 50, offers the same benefits plus an additional P5,000 worth of motorcycling accident benefit and P5,000 worth of unprovoked murder and assault benefit. 

GLife users can also choose the GenProtect Basic 100 for more protection, including P100,000 worth of personal accident benefit, P10,000 worth of accidental medical reimbursement, P1,000 daily hospital accident benefit for up to 14 days and up to six calls with the 24/7 Call-A-Doc telemedicine service. This plan is available for P455. 

By paying P475 more, user can get the GenProtect Plus 100 that offers all the same benefits as the GenProtect Basic 100, plus P10,000 worth of motorcycling accident benefit and P10,000 worth of unprovoked murder and assault benefit. 

To find out more, open the GCash application and click the GLife feature on the dashboard. Look for Generali Philippines on the search bar and choose the insurance package that meets your needs. 

For other essentials and great deals, GLife has over 420 partner merchants, such as  food, retail, gaming, and essentials. 

To know more about GCash’s GLife feature, visit Visit Generali to know more about its products and services, 

 Covid-19 in poems 

@Dr. Joseph Adrian Buensalido, an infectious disease expert, has told memorable Covid-19 stories in poems. His book’s title encapsulates the disruptions caused in our lives by the novel respiratory infection, “Mikrobyong Maliit, Pandemyang Pasakit – Ang Tinulang Salaysay ng Pandemyang Covid-19”. 

The poems tell the stories of the start of the pandemic, the vaccination campaign and the disinformation and misinformation that threatened to derail efforts to contain the disease, among other things. By using poetry, the doctor-poet makes the Covid-19 story less horrific and dreadful than it was in reality. 

@Dr. Jocel Sofia Buensalido’s colorful paintings also help lighten the mood for what would otherwise be a somber tale.  

Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and history professor @Ambeth Ocampo, in his foreword, called the book “an essay in verse”. Aside from telling the story of Covid-19 frontliners who fought tirelessly and selflessly an invisible but deadly enemy, the poet, Ocampo said, “also left us with a memorial of those who, in (Jose) Rizal’s words, fell without seeing the dawn”. 

To buy copies of the book, send message through Facebook Messenger @mikrobyongmaliitbook, SMS or text 09175331201 or email 

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