Pia Welcomes President’s Certification Of Sin Tax Bill (SB 1074) As Urgent

Pia Welcomes President’s Certification Of Sin Tax Bill (SB 1074) As Urgent

Spotlight

Globe At Home Postpaid Introduces New Innovative Promo Plans

Recreate the world right at home with faster speeds, unli data and free devices!

Volunteer Group Launches ‘BIDA Eskwela’ To Raise P200K In 40-Days For Poor Schools

The initiative targets to send support to 20 school beneficiaries in mostly underprivileged and remote communities nationwide.

STI: Staying Education-Ready In The New Normal

STI is committed to face the challenges brought by the new normal of education, and at the same time, prioritize the needs and safety of its students.

SM Foundation Donates Masks And Face Shields To Cebu Hospitals And Quarantine Centers

SM Foundation donated KN95 masks, 3-ply masks, and face shields worth PHP2.5 million to Cebu hospitals and quarantine centers. Thank you, SM!

Senator Pia S. Cayetano welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s certification of the Senate’s version of the sin tax bill as urgent.

“I have always known that the President and I are aligned when it comes to regulating cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and alcohol products. But this certification is much appreciated because it sends a message to all the members of the Senate that this is a priority measure,” the senator said.

Issued on Tuesday, November 12, the certification signed by President Rodrigo Duterte cited the urgent need to pass Senate Bill No. 1074 to generate additional revenue to support the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act. (See attached file)

Cayetano is the sponsor of SB No. 1074, which seeks to increase excise taxes on alcohol and e-cigarettes, including heated tobacco products (HTPs) and vapes. The measure is currently in the period of interpellations.

Cayetano said she is hopeful that her fellow senators would likewise welcome the urgency of passing higher sin taxes to protect the right to health of Filipinos.

“A vote for sin tax is a vote for our people’s health and well-being,” she noted, while adding that she remains committed to respond to her colleagues’ concerns on SB No. 1074.

“I am pushing for a version that recommends higher tax rates than those approved by the House of Representatives for two reasons: first, it will provide proper funding for the delivery of health services to all Filipinos; and second, it will effectively reduce the consumption of sin products,” the senator said.

“There is a need to increase sin taxes substantially for it to have any health impact. Otherwise, we will fall short at meeting our health objectives,” she added.

“We cannot save lives by increasing the price of a sin product by a negligible amount. We can only make this an effective measure when the price increase is substantial enough that people would think twice on the volume of the products they will purchase and consume,” Cayetano concluded.

The Department of Finance (DOF) estimates that Cayetano’s proposed rates would generate P47.9 billion for UHC next year, and a total of P356.9 billion for the program over the next five years.

facebook.com/officialpiacayetano

Mayor Abby: Ospital Ng Makati To Start Virtual Health Services Monday

Makati residents can now avail of virtual health care services from medical doctors of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak)!

PNP-3 Launches ‘Disiplina Muna’ Advocacy Drive

'Disiplina Muna' aims to encourage all local government units (LGUs) to empower their respective communities in terms of participation.

EDC-Sponsored Testing Facility To Enhance COVID-19 Resiliency In Ormoc, Nearby Provinces

EDC has partnered with the city government of Ormoc for the creation of a molecular diagnostic center that will level up the transcription of COVID-19 swab samples.

Lim: MMDA To Disinfect Headquarters

Heads up! MMDA operations will be suspended on July 9 and 10 to give way to the complete sanitation and disinfection of all its offices and adjacent premises.

Mayor Vivien Shuts Down Resort In Sarangani Due To Quarantine Violations

Naku! Ano kayang violations ang ginawa ng sikat na resort na ito?

Sec. Nograles: Gov’t Discourages Home-Based Quarantine

“We are now discouraging yung tinatawag na mag home quarantine. Dapat facility quarantine na e."

Sec. Nograles: Gov’t Discourages Home-Based Quarantine

“We are now discouraging yung tinatawag na mag home quarantine. Dapat facility quarantine na e."

Pres. Duterte Appoints New Commission On Women Chief

Sino kaya ang bagong chief ng Philippine Commission on Women?

Manila City Lauded For Efforts Vs. Covid-19

Manila City, nakatanggap ng papuri mula sa National Task Force (NTF) on Covid-19 para sa kanilang laban kontra Covid-19.

These Mental Health Hotlines And Support Groups Are Here To Listen To Your Struggles

These hotlines and internet support groups can help anyone and everyone who feels the need for some support and someone to talk to during these tough times.