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Closing Date: Friday, 30 May 2014 interview schedule: june 2-6, 2014 Action for Economic Reforms (AER) is looking for a Research Assistant to work with its Industrial Policy Core Team. Building on AER’s work on macroeconomic and governance issues, the Industrial Policy Core Team seeks to examine the quality of the country’s growth and employment, […]

New int’l study: sin tax-style cooperation among health and economic policymakers promises major strides for Philippine tobacco control

Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms— 10 May 201 (For the report’s executive summary: The Political Economy of Tobacco Control in the Philippines – Executive Summary For the entire report: The Political Economy of Tobacco Control in the Philippines) The Philippines’ Sin Tax Law— not just one of the most important tax reforms of the past […]

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 […]

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 […]

BOC shutdown of Mighty Tobacco warehouse hailed by health advocates

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) FCTC Alliance of the Philippines (FCAP) Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) WomanHealth Philippines We, members of the civil society coalition that supported the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Law (R.A. 10351), laud the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Commissioner John Philip Sevilla for suspending the license of Mighty Corporation […]