Policy Issues RSS feed for this section

A taste of the Alternative Learning System

Yellow Pad By Krupskaya M. Añonuevo Imagine being at a high school one sunny Saturday in March. Instead of being surrounded by restless sulking teenagers, you are surrounded by adolescent and adult learners who are smiling shyly and who look happy to be there. There is some nervous energy as there are visitors to observe […]

AER Statement on the Passing of BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr.

Action for Economic Reforms deeply mourns the passing of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. due to cancer. Governor Espenilla was a well-respected reformer and economist, whose years in public service were a testament to his dedication and devotion to the Filipino people. He was a mix of conservative, progressive and […]

UHC-Tobacco Tax, an #AlagangAngara Legacy?

Yellow Pad By Rio Henri Aquino Dayao   The bill to substantially increase the tobacco tax has gained momentum. President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet have certified as urgent Senate Bill 1599, sponsored by Senator Manny Pacquiao, which will increase the current rate of tobacco tax from P35 to P60. Senators JV Ejercito and Wyn […]

Cancer and Tobacco Tax

Yellow Pad By Carlos Jacinto   In January 1975, the Department of Health (DoH) and the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS) launched the first ever National Cancer Consciousness Week. The week-long campaign held every third week of January was instituted as a means to educate Filipinos on the dangers of cancer and raise awareness on the […]

UHC at risk without new sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana Last Jan. 18, leaders of 30 Philippine medical societies gathered to call for the Senate passage of a bill increasing the excise tax on cigarettes to at least P60 per pack. “The increase will provide crucial funding for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act that will benefit the current and […]