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Winemakers whining over proposed tax hike

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wine companies say they only have a market share of 1%, and no matter how high taxes are raised, it would only be a 'drop in the bucket' for the government

Senate approves higher taxes on cigarettes, tobacco products

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The bill proposes a starting tax rate of P45 in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

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‘Zero vote:’ Youth groups slam Imee Marcos’ dishonesty

May 06, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The groups ask fellow voters to exert an effort to reach other electorates and educate them about the characteristics leaders must possess

TWO FACES. Various youth groups call on Filipinos not to vote for Imee Marcos at the "Zero Votes for Imee Marcos" unity declaration event in Quezon City on Monday, May 6. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Students urge undecided senators to back proposed tobacco tax hike

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Students write letters to undecided senators, hoping to convince them to support the move to raise the levy on sin products, especially tobacco

GIVING A TRY. Students from different organizations write personal letters to the senators who have yet to decide on the tax reform bill to convince them to champion the increase of tobacco tax

Pacquiao wants to increase cigarette tax to P60 per pack

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The neophyte senator is confident he can defend his proposed tax measure in the Senate

EXCISE TAX. Senator Manny Pacquiao files a bill seeking to impose higher tax on cigarattes. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Rising migration demands 'roaming' health coverage

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:07 AM

ASEAN can be act as a launching pad for roaming coverage as does the EU which allows roaming health coverage for any EU citizen in any EU country

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

Inflation hits 2.7% in January

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Prices rise at a faster rate than at any point last year due to increases in oil transport housing and utilities according to NEDA

DOH chief opposes bill on 2-tier cigarette tax

Jan 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says most of the members of the Duterte Cabinet support unitary taxation on cigarettes

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

Health advocates: Pressure needed to stop 'weak' cigarette tax bill

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Those who oppose the proposed two tier excise tax structure on cigarettes urge Filipinos to rally behind a unitary tax rate of P40 by 2018

17th Congress bids 2016 goodbye with 2 laws passed

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED In 6 months Congress passes 2 laws: postponement of the barangay elections and the P3 35 trillion 2017 budget

ADJOURNED. The 17th Congress closes session for the year on December 14.

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House okays 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:50 PM

House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144 if passed into law would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue

ONE MORE STEP. HB 4144 hurdles its second reading at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF: Bill imposing 2-tier tax on cigarettes won't benefit farmers

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations

PASSED THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. The House ways and means committee approves HB Number 4144 on December 5.

DOH honors health champion Miriam Santiago

Sep 30, 2016 - 6:46 PM

The health department lauds the senator s contributions to crafting laws which served as basis for the foundation in establishing Universal Health Care

WISH GRANTED. RH advocates led by Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano have been pushing for the RH bill to be certified as urgent. File photo by Ayee Macaraig

DOF: Sin tax reform also in the pipeline

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Finance wants to raise taxes on tobacco and alcohol as well as sweetened beverages

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

May 31, 2016 - 10:50 PM

On May 31 World No Tobacco Day the WHO urges countries to remove logos colors brand images or promotional information on cigarette packs

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. For 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to implement the plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging photo from WHO brochure

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

Ombudsman strictly implements smoking ban

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ombudsman will now police smokers in all its offices including those using e cigarettes

Adjusting fuel tax to inflation could net PH P20B

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:15 AM

While the measure would raise fuel prices it could have the same effect on traffic as the sin tax has had on health says the Action for Economic Reforms Group

Senatorial bets asked: Do you support adjusting tax rates?

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:21 PM

At the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate 6 senatorial candidates explain how to reconcile adjusting tax rates with ensuring the delivery of quality social services

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Dec 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Sin tax collections up 25.96% January-November

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Wine is the biggest gainer this year in terms of volume taxed although revenue collected on the beverage has dropped slightly this year

Fake cigarettes remain big challenge in PH market

Nov 30, 2015 - 11:44 AM

‘Nearly one in every 5 cigarettes consumed in the Philippines originated through illicit channels in 2014 ’ says Oxford Economics

You can’t reduce poverty without a strong public health care system

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM

It’s time to demand of the next crop of leaders some degree of acknowledgement that the healthcare system needs all the attention it can get

Bigger PhilHealth fund opens doors to innovative drugs

Aug 12, 2015 - 1:22 PM

A well funded PhilHealth program will now be able to support or defray the costs that patients have to pay for expensive medicines a pharmaceutical executive says

MORE SOPHISTICATED. The health care industry is looking to distribute  more innovative medicines and medical technology in the near future. Image from Shutterstock.

Aquino: PH will be 'first-world' within generation if reforms continue

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM

This is just the beginning you haven’t seen anything yet President Aquino says as he details in his last State of the Nation Address the economic gains under his watch

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kim Henares: 'Sin tax' cuts cigarette smoking in PH

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Proceeds from the taxes on cigarettes rose to P74 33 billion in 2014 from P32 16 billion in 2012 the Bureau of Internal Revenue says

Soft drink tax a ‘good health measure’ – IMF official

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:37 PM

An International Monetary Fund official likens the proposed measure to the sin tax law as it also has health benefits

Bloomberg lauds PH for sin tax law

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:18 PM

The Department of Finance and Department of Health receive the 2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control from Bloomberg Philanthropies

A WIN FOR SIN TAX. Michael Bloomberg gives the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control to DOF Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr and DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial. Photo from Ulysses Dorotheo/SEATCA

Palace ready to face congressional inquiry on sin tax revenues

Nov 29, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The bulk of sin tax proceeds should help fund the country s universal healthcare program but many Filipinos are still not covered by it

Health insurance for all senior citizens starts November 25

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:38 PM

PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla acknowledges there will be transition difficulties as they implement the new PhilHealth law but government wants to implement it as soon as possible

ELDERLY CARE. A new law guarantees health care for all senior citizens of the country. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Aquino signs law giving health insurance to all seniors

Nov 11, 2014 - 5:20 PM

The new law removes the qualification that a senior citizen has to be an indigent before being covered by PhilHealth

ELDERLY CARE. A new new guarantees health care for all senior citizens of the country. File photo by Roy Lagarde

PMFTC to gov't: Plug leaks in sin tax collections

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation says the Philippine government must ensure that everyone pays the right excise taxes citing the alleged ‘fraudulent’ case of Mighty Corporation

DOH budget hearing gets tense, congressmen asked to dance

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag is asked to ease the tension when Department of Health s alleged hidden pork is questioned in the budget hearing

BREAKING INTO DANCE. Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag leads government officials in a short dance after a heated debate during the DOH budget hearing at the Lower House. Screenshot from Instagram video

Aquino on FOI bill passage: Look at Congress not me

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:12 PM

President Benigno Aquino III reiterates he cannot certify the bill as urgent since there is no emergency situation requiring its immediate passage

5th FOI SNUB. Still no mention of the freedom of information bill in President Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Sin tax collection exceeds target in first half

Aug 21, 2014 - 7:01 PM

The government collects higher than expected excise taxes from sin products tobacco and alcohol

From numbers to action, thanks to the National Nutrition Survey

Jul 01, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Behind every health program implemented is year long data gathering

INFOGRAPHIC: Imagining a world with no tobacco

May 31, 2014 - 8:25 PM

The fight against tobacco continues as the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2014 on Saturday May 31

SWS survey: Youth, poor smoking less

May 30, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The number of smokers from the poorest Filipinos drops from 38 in December 2012 to 25 in March 2014

SMOKING. Smokers among the poor and the young are decreasing.

Health or revenue? Senators weigh graphic health warning bill

May 08, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile questions possible revenue losses arising from the proposed bill but Senator Pia Cayetano says a healthy community is priceless

DEBATE CONTINUES. Sen Pia Cayetano and Sen Juan Ponce Enrile tackle the effects of the graphic health warning bill not only on health but also on government revenue. Photos from Romy Bugante/PRIB and Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

Delay in graphic warning bill 'persecuting Filipinos' – groups

Apr 16, 2014 - 1:12 PM

A 2008 Australian study shows exposure to graphic health warnings can make smokers think twice about smoking

Why PH wants an end to the 'Be Marlboro' campaign

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The latest advertisements of the Philip Morris product targets to get teenagers hooked on smoking to replace its old market a study says

BE MARLBORO. This is a picture of an outdoor billboard in Germamny. Photo from WhyQuit

Higher sin taxes weigh on San Miguel Brewery earnings

Feb 07, 2014 - 7:00 PM

The company says the weak peso also had an impact on its foreign debts

LOWER SALES. San Miguel beer sales fall due to higher prices stemming from an increase in taxes. AFP PHOTO

How to make healthier choices available to Filipinos

Feb 02, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Health experts say not only funding but even inclusive development can pave the way for an effective and sustainable health promotion system in the country

2014 target: More than 90% PhilHealth coverage

Jan 18, 2014 - 7:37 PM

To date over 80 of Filipinos are already members of Philhealth

Ona: Take health care out of politicians' hands

Jan 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM

The Department of Health is preparing a bill that will tweak the devolution setup reverting supervision of provincial and municipal health officers to DOH

DEVOLUTION? The Department of Health is crafting a bill on the devolution of health care system in the country. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler