The sin tax law in 2013: a milestone

WE are seeing a surge of interest among legislators on the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10351). Both chambers of Congress are in the process of conducting inquiries into this landmark tax legislation. A few lawmakers, those who opposed the sin tax reforms, claim that the Sin Tax Law has fallen short […]

Need to know vs Right to know

THE FREEDOM of Information bill recently passed the Senate on Third Reading and moved on to the House of Representatives for concurrence. This early, I want to put the bill to a test, just to know in some detail what the advocates have been giving all-out support to. I would like to use for this […]

Sin Tax Law was ‘key driver’ for 2013 PH investment upgrades

Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms— 27 March 2014 Higher sin taxes: not just a win for health and public finance, but for the economy in general. On the one-year anniversary of Fitch’s awarding of ‘investment grade’ status to the Philippines in March 27, 2013, champions and advocates of the sin tax law affirmed the key […]

Behind the colors of tobacco advertising

NOT EVERYONE realizes the power of a cigarette pack to influence the public on its actions and decisions related to smoking. While some people claim that the decision to smoke is the result of a person’s informed choice, the fact that smokers underestimate or have “unrealistic optimism” (Weinstein, N. et al 2005. Retrieved March 20, […]

Protecting electricity consumers

IN ITS penultimate stage, the P-Noy administration has to pass numerous legislative bills that the President and his Cabinet have endorsed. An urgent one is the passage of a basic law about the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which P-Noy wants passed before his term ends. The enactment of the CAB must be done […]

Sin Tax Law Reduced Smoking Consumption in 2013— Health, Medical Coalition

A Joint Press Statement by 24 Health, Medical and Youth Organizations March 17, 2014 We, the civil society coalition that supported the passage of the Sin Tax Law (R.A. 10351), wish to supplement and reinforce the statement of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona regarding the law’s health impact. In a Congressional Oversight Committee […]

Philippine sin tax experience offers lessons for East Asia region — Int’l panel

MANILA, March 8, 2013 – The “seven wins” of the Philippines’ sin tax law for the youth, the poor, health, economy, farmers, governance, and future are now raising the  interest of international organizations and other governments in the Asia-Pacific Region. This was a central theme that emerged in a recently-concluded East Asia and Pacific Regional […]