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Commentary and research on current events and public policy by economists from the University of the Philippines
Posts tagged "health"

Garin met with Sanofi in May 2015

Ms Garin is now an adviser of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and has, in an effort to escape responsibility, laid the blame for the vaccine mess on her then boss, then President Benigno Aquino III.

Put the TRAIN back on track

The TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) is being derailed, and I cannot understand why Malacañang called in the senators last Wednesday, apparently to urge them to pass the derailed version. My information is that 16 of them responded.

Why Pacquiao deserves kudos

Belated kudos to Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the first senator to figuratively give the finger to the cigarette/tobacco lobby. A week or so ago, he introduced “An Act Raising the Excise Tax on Tobacco Products and Amending for the Purpose Pertinent Sections of the National Internal Revenue Code, as Amended.”

Millions of Filipino lives at stake

Eighty organizations representing the health sector and civil society are petitioning the President and the Senate to use the comprehensive tax reform package to address two of our most important health problems: tobacco use and malnutrition.

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and malnutrition

The proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has triggered a policy debate. The proposal aims to reduce the consumption of these unhealthy beverages and to nudge individuals into consuming healthier ones. We need to assess whether the current proposal is the best response in addressing our nutrition problems.

Magno quoted on sugar tax

UPSE faculty Cielo Magno's views on the proposed tax on sugary drinks were extensively covered in an ABS-CBN News Online article.

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and malnutrition

The proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has triggered a policy debate. The proposal aims to reduce the consumption of these unhealthy beverages and to nudge individuals into consuming healthier ones. We need to assess whether the current proposal is the best response in addressing our nutrition problems.

Just take it, it’s good for you

Not all who take sugar-sweetened beverages will indulge to excess. And not even all who over-indulge will become obese or diabetic. Yet, the proposal would penalise all these people in the same way. I hate to say it: just like the war on drugs.
Nine lives to save

Nine lives to save

PhilHealth says they enrolled nine out of ten Filipinos. This film says PhilHealth protects only one in ten.

WASH for child health: Some evidence in support of public intervention in the Philippines

Like in many developing countries, diarrheal diseases remain a top cause of child mortality and morbidity in the Philippines. Partly to address this problem, the government has undertaken programs to expand access to safe water and sanitation facilities, especially among poor households.

Economics of living long lives

My topic today deals with the economics of living far beyond one’s economically productive years . My starting point is the thread of life from the histories of two mothers whose lives have affected my own in extraordinary ways.

Ona is not, never will be, a politician

Here’s a comparison of the two cases: Purisima was suspended after four or five months of investigation leading to the Ombudsman’s decision to suspend him. Ona was effectively suspended even if there were no charges against him from the Ombudsman, Department of Justice, or National Bureau of Investigation.