DOH official backs additional tax on soft drinks

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Health (DOH) sees nothing wrong with a bill in the House of Representatives seeking to impose a 10-percent tax on soft drinks to limit consumption of the product that has been linked to obesity and diabetes.

“Personally, I have no objection to that for as long as the additional revenues will be given to diabetic patients to help them cope with their illnesses,” Health Undersecretary Janet Garin, a former congresswoman, said Tuesday.

Garin, however, said she would defer to the DOH Executive Committee on any official position on the matter.

Nueva Ecija Representative Estrellita Suansing had filed House Bill 3365 seeking to impose a 10 percent ad valorem (based on selling price) tax on soft drinks, which is expected to generate around P10.5 billion in revenues.

The additional revenues will be used to finance housing, road construction and other infrastructure projects for areas affected by natural calamities, the bill said.

“We welcome this proposal and we are open to discussing the contents of this measure,” said DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy. (HDT/Sunnex)

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