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Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM

Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 April 2015   [Boston, USA]—Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona speaks today at the 2015 Finance Ministerial Leadership Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, to relay to other countries the […]

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control Press release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 March 2015     The Philippines gets three (3) prestigious awards in the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) held last March 17 to 21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The national government, a local government unit (LGU), and a […]

The cost of Metro Manila traffic congestion

CLOGGED ROADS have always been a part of the daily life of an ordinary Filipino citizen residing in Metro Manila. Commuters struggle as the morning rush brings intense traffic in the busy streets and avenues. Among the variety of transport modes available — private vehicles, MRT, LRT, taxis, and utility vehicles — a significant number […]

Stepping up and Toning Down – Different Dosage of Competition for Sectoral Benefits

“With the Quantitative Restriction (QR) on import of rice, expected to be abolished in July, 2017, in the Philippines, it is a need of the hour to work out an interim strategy to build the capacity of domestic farmers and other actors to face international competition,” claimed Dr. Roehlano Briones, Senior Fellow, Philippines Institute for […]

Public Expenditure Tracking Survey: A Study of the Sponsored Program of the National Health Insurance Program

A study that utilized health facility and beneficiary questionnaires to track funds generated from excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products that were earmarked for PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program (SP), providing free health care to the poorest 20 percent of the Filipino population. The study sought to identify problems and bottlenecks in the funding flow from […]

Citizen’s Report Card on the Sponsored Program of the National Health Insurance Program

This study assesses citizens’ access to and utilization of the Sponsored Program (SP) services of the National Health Insurance Program or popularly known as PhilHealth, as well as service quality and beneficiary satisfaction. The study revealed low levels of beneficiary knowledge, awareness, access, and usage of designated health services and benefits.