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Sin taxes hailed by int’l commission as “most important” tool for stemming global NCD epidemic

Press Release— Action for Economic Reforms— 9 December 2013 An international group of economists and public health experts commissioned by the Lancet— the world’s leading general medical journal— have released a new research report that proposes a comprehensive, pro-poor investment plan for attaining dramatic global health gains by 2035. Titled Global Health 2035: A World […]

PUBLIC HEALTH OVER TOBACCO INTERESTS: A Challenge to the National Tobacco Administration’s Discriminatory Memorandum on Tobacco Products

Public health advocates have been deeply distressed by their discovery of a draft memorandum of the NTA amending regulations on the sale and distribution of imported tobacco products. Though justified as means to prevent illicit cigarette trade, careful scrutiny of the document reveals that its real intention is to insulate the domestic cigarette industry from […]

UP and NIH set policy recommendations on health

Press release – 20 February 2013 Manila, Philippines – On February 22, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona will meet researchers and academicians to listen to a set of policy recommendations based from health researches leaded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-University of the Philippines Manila. The event is the highlight of NIH’ […]

FOI: Mag-Ingat sa Hindi Tunay

STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION 06 February 2013 TODAY, we close our people’s campaign for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in the 15th Congress. We have, to the extent that our capacities and limited resources permitted, exhausted all avenues that we thought were open to us to get […]

More civil society organizations support FOI passage

Press release – Action for Economic Reforms – 22 January 2013 Civil society groups involved in the sin tax, reproductive health and extractive industry transparency have come out openly to support the passage of the freedom of information bill (FOI). Speaking for Action for Economic Reforms, a lead civil society group in the successful campaign […]