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The march for Women’s Health

Yellow Pad By Viviane Apostol and Carlos Jacinto   “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,” according to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General. By breaking barriers in fields that were exclusive to men such as education and science, the pioneering efforts of women all over the world have led […]

Realizing universal health care through sin taxes

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng   As May elections draw near, legislators are faced with the daunting task of reflecting upon — and marketing — their legacies. Two candidates of note are Senator Sonny Angara and Senator JV Ejercito, both of whom authored bills instituting universal health care in the Philippines. President Duterte signed Republic […]

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 […]

Universal health care: The dream within reach

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng In September 2017, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 5784, also known as the “Universal Health Coverage Act.” The bill aims to transform our health system to make quality health care accessible to all Filipinos without financial hardship. Three versions in the Senate have also been passed: Senate Bills […]

Lunch with the Yellow Pad: What is UHC?

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   This time, I try to write differently, patterned after the Financial Times weekly column called “Lunch with the FT,” an institution of what probably is the world’s best business newspaper. “Lunch with the FT” is an interview over lunch that features the world’s leading figures in politics and diplomacy, economics […]

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 […]