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AER seeks TRAIN amendments to anti-poor, pro-rich Angara bill

PRESS RELEASE 26 September 2017 AER seeks TRAIN amendments to anti-poor, pro-rich Angara bill Dubbing the Angara bill as a derailed TRAIN, civil society advocates led by Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urge the members of the Senate to amend the Angara bill in the plenary deliberations and focus on keeping the original proposals of […]

Health groups prod Angara, Senate to drop plastic tax; Urge tobacco tax to augment revenues from TRAIN

PRESS RELEASE 13 September 2017   Health groups prod Angara, Senate to drop plastic tax; Urge tobacco tax to augment revenues from TRAIN   “Why use plastic tax to augment revenues from TRAIN when it has not been proven to be a steady source of revenue that will fund the promised spending of this administration, […]

Threats to PhilHealth’s financial sustainability  

PhilHealth’s reserve fund is now less than a year’s worth of benefit payments. From a conservative fund manager, whose past reserves averaged at four times its annual benefit payments, it has finally become an institution that generously pays for the health needs of the Filipino people. While the said shift is definitely good news, some […]

Health metrics that matter

By the end of the Aquino administration, the Department of Health (DoH) would already have a budget almost five times more than it began to receive at the start of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s term, should the proposed P122.7-billion health budget be approved this year. This is a record high in the history […]

Unreliability of the study

Unreliability of the study by Cecilio Arillo – October 16, 2015 IF there’s anything to learn from the latest Oxford Economics (OE) study on illicit tobacco trade released recently in Hong Kong to a selective group of mediamen, it is its unreliability as a reference for taxation as it drew a sharp retort from no less than Internal […]

Minimum cigarette price proposal, a deceptive ploy to prevent further excise tax increase—Sin Tax Coalition

For Immediate Release – Sin Tax Coalition   Civil society groups warn the public about the clever but deceptive proposal of tobacco companies to have a Minimum Cigarette Price (MCP) whose benefits accrue solely to them. Instead of a minimum price, the civil society groups argue that increasing the tobacco tax rate is most effective […]