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Anti-Tobacco Lobby In Southeast Asia Fetes Philippines' Sin Tax Reform Law
Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/business/88506/anti-tobacco-lobby-in-southeast-asia-fetes-philippines-sin-tax-reform-law
Source Date: Friday, June 06, 2014
Country: Philippines
Created: Jun 06, 2014

MANILA - An anti-tobacco lobby in Southeast Asia has bestowed an award to the Philippine government for the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Law.

In a statement, the Department of Finance (DOF) said the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) recognized the Philippines' landmark tobacco control law, which has resulted in P51.17 billion in additional taxes, above the P33.96 billion government target.

In the first four months of this year, tobacco tax collections exceeded the government's target, outperforming overall tax collections for the period.

SEATCA bestows the award on individuals and institutions that exhibit outstanding leadership and service to advance tobacco control in Asean.

“This SEATCA Award is presented to Secretary Cesar Purisima and the Finance department Sin Tax Reform Team for the leadership and courage inputting health before profits and promoting strong tobacco control measures,” SEATCA vice chairman Prakit Vathesatokit was quoted as saying in the statement.

SEATCA also recognized the Department of Health and Secretary Enrique Ona for “becoming a model for many countries in Asia, which speaks of the ultimate desire to safeguard the health of the Filipino people serving as a strong backbone for a more efficient health administration in the country.”

SEATCA is a multi-sectoral alliance working to control tobacco use in Asean.
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