Mga produktong ginagamitan ng artificial sweeteners, papatawan ng dagdag na buwis

admin   •   December 3, 2014   •   3875

FILE PHOTO: softdrinks (Reuters / Edgard Garrido)

MANILA, Philippines – Tinatalakay na ngayon ng House Committee on Ways and Means ang panukalang batas na magdadagag sa kita ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapataw ng panibagong dagdag na buwis sa mga produktong ginagagamitan ng artificial sweeteners.

Kabilang sa mga produktong ginagamitan ng artificial sweeteners ang soft drinks, energy drink, doy packed juices at iba pa.

Sa pag-aaral ng komite, ibabase nito ang buwis na ipapataw sa dami ng asukal na ilalagay sa isang produkto.

Isa sa suhestiyon ng komite ay dagdag na limang piso sa kada .08% per milliliter, kung saan tinatayang kikita ng P14-bilyon kada taon ang gobyerno kung ito ay maisasabatas.

“Lahat ng proceeds nito ay paghahati-hatian primarily for education, for nutritional enhancement sa mga public schools but most importantly is para magkaroon ng access sa portable and free drinking water ang ating mga paaralan,” saad ni Quimbo.

Ang pagpapataw ng buwis ay ibinase ng mga kongresista sa epekto sa kalusugan ng paggamit ng artificial sweeteners.

Isa ito ang pangunahing dahilan ng pagiging obese, pagkakaroon ng diabetes at iba pang heart ailment.

Sa pinakahuling tala ng World Health Organization (WHO) noong 2008, isang Pilipino ang namamatay kada isang segundo dahil sa mga komplikasyong dulot ng sakit na diabetes.

Habang nasa 3.5 milyong Pilipino ang may diabetes o isa sa kada limang Pilipino at inaasahang sa taong 2030 ay posible pa itong lumobo sa 7.8 million.

“Lahat ng pagaaral sa abroad ang sinasabi ay ang asukal o artificial sweetener ay nagko-cause ng obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease but hindi sya nagko-cause ng kamatayan…but siya ang pinaguugatan ng mga risk factors na pinanggagalingan ng highest non-communicable diseases,” saad pa ng kongresista.

Ayon pa kay Quimbo, layunin nito na maobliga ang mga industriya na gumawa ng mga inuming mababa ang sugar contents, at gumamit ng natural na asukal para sa mga inumin at pagkain upang makaiwas sa malalang sakit. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

No need for testing, quarantine for Pinoys from countries with low COVID-19 cases — DOH

UNTV News   •   October 20, 2020

Filipinos returning from countries with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases no longer need to undergo quarantine and testing, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued classification on different prevalence levels of each country for the department to determine which countries have low COVID-19 cases.

“For those low to medium prevalence countries na may COVID-19, kapag dumating ang mga OFWs dito maaari nang hindi na muna i-test. Mag-comply ng minimum health standards, they can go back to their provinces, (For those with low to medium prevalence countries with COVID-19, OFWs from those areas no longer need to be tested. Just comply with the minimum health standards and they can go back to their provinces),” Vergeire said.

However, the Health Department reiterates that Filipinos who return to their provinces still need to follow the minimum health standards and symptoms monitoring implemented in the area. Vergeire said the local government units (LGUs) will be in charge of monitoring their condition and COVID-19 testing, if necessary.

It is also under the LGUs mandate to test individuals entering their areas to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Whatever the local governments would require for them to enter into their province, they have to comply,” Vergeire said.

She added LGUs have their own guidelines for domestic travelers, including those who are coming from areas with high COVID-19 cases, such as the National Capital Region. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

There is hope COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020, WHO says

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed hope that a vaccine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be ready by year-end.

“We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his address at the end of a two-day meeting of the agency’s Executive Board on the pandemic.

Tedros did not offer any additional details.

He, however, called for solidarity and political commitment from world leaders to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine when it becomes available.

“We need each other, we need solidarity and we need to use all the energy we have to fight the virus,” he said.

Nine experimental vaccines in various stages of trials are in the pipeline of the WHO-led COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute two billion doses by the end of 2021.

A total of 172 countries have joined WHO’s COVAX initiative, excluding the United States, China, and Russia. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mirasol Abogadil)

DOST names 13 hospitals involved in WHO COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trials

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday announced that 13 hospitals will be involved in the solidarity trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) for potential novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in the country.

In a statement, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) has adopted the agency’s recommendation for zoning on the solidarity trials for the vaccine candidates against COVID-19 which will be conducted this year.

Dela Peña said the vaccine candidates will be tested in eight trial zones, involving a total of 13 hospitals.

He identified these facilities as the Philippine General Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, and St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Cavite, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

The WHO solidarity trials will start this October and expected to be completed by the second quarter of the following year.

The DOST chief also confirmed that the Philippines is in agreement with five COVID- 19 vaccine developers that will enable clinical trial data sharing.

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