Senate eyes sin tax higher than House version

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2019   •   791

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Monday said that they are targeting to pass a bill that will press for sin taxes which are much higher than that of the House version.

This after President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (November 12) certified Senate Bill 1074 that seeks to impose higher taxes on alcohol and e-cigarettes including heated tobacco products and vapes.

The higher sin tax aims to support the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act.

Committee chairperson, Sen. Pia Cayetano, said the higher sin tax will ensure that there will be sufficient funds for health services for all Filipinos and lesser consumption of the said sin products.

“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,” Cayetano said

In the House version, an estimated P47.9-billion tax will be collected and be allocated to the Universal Health Care program.

A total of P356.9-billion will be allotted for the program in the next five years. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

DepEd appeals to institutionalize policies for tobacco control

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has appealed to institutionalize policies for tobacco control.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones called on legislators and policymakers to institutionalize strong and comprehensive tobacco control policies in support of the promotion of healthy choices among Filipinos learners.

She said the said policies are needed to complement DepEd’s ongoing efforts to keep schools smoke-free and to educate learners about the ill effects of tobacco use.

“Schools can only do so much. Which environments our learners are exposed to when they are not in school also have a great influence on their decisions as to whether to give in to or to reject the temptation to get into smoking,” she said.

Briones also added that the future of the youth is at stake as they are targeted by the tobacco industry to be its consumers.

“As repeatedly mentioned by the World Health Organization, the youth are being targeted by the tobacco industry to be their next generation of consumers. Through strong and comprehensive tobacco control policies such as the measures we are advocating today, we can win this battle,” she said.

Meanwhile, Angela Tibay, president of the Regional Federation of Supreme Student Governments-Cordillera Administrative Region is discouraging the youth from participating in any smoking activities.

“I encourage the youth to stop smoking because of its bad effects. Huwag magpapaniwala sa mapanlinlang na tobacco industries, dahil wala silang magandang dulot at wala silang pakialam sa ating kalusugan (Do not believe deceitful tobacco industries, because they won’t do us any good and they do not care about our health),” Tibay said. AAC

P4M worth of cigarettes misdeclared as ‘paper hand towel’ seized in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA confiscated a total of 2,520 reams of cigarettes with an estimated market value of P4 million misdeclared as “paper hand towel” bound for Australia.

In a report by BOC, the agency said the smuggled shipment was commissioned for export by a local company based in Novaliches, Quezon City, to South Geelong Victoria, Australia.

Upon physical examination by the assigned trade control examiner, it was instead found to actually contain 2,520 reams of cigarettes.

District Collector Carmelita Talusan already issued a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) against the seized cigarettes for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) and Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) in relation to Section 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The case records shall also be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for possible case building and profiling against the personalities behind the foiled illegal exportation of tobacco products.

BOC destroys P50-M worth of misdeclared cigarettes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2020

Around P50 million worth of misdeclared cigarettes from China were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Cagayan de Oro last October 2.

The cigarettes came from different shipments that were declared as furniture and disposable cups. One of the shipments arrived last May 14 while the other shipment arrived last June 9 at Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

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Posted by Bureau of Customs PH on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

District Collector John Simon issued a Decree of Abandonment after the shipment failed to request for extension of lodgement of its goods.

“The shipment has been previously issued with an Alert Order. This was followed by a 100% physical examination which revealed the shipment actually containing cigarettes,” the BOC said in a statement. AAC

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