DOH eyes increasing tax on daing, says it will be good for health

by Justine Punzalan
Nov 1, 2019
The Department of Health plans to tax all salty food in the Philippines. "Maaaring magkaroon ito ng positive na outcome sa ating mga kalusugan," says DOH Spokesperson and Undersecretary Eric Domingo.
PHOTO/S: ISTOCK

Ang daing ay isang popular na pagkaing Pinoy.

Priced at PHP10 to PHP15 per two pieces, ito ay pantawid-gutom lalo na ng mga kababayan nating nasa rural areas.

Nitong October 30, 2019, naglabas ng statement ang Department of Health (DOH) na nais nilang patawan ng buwis ang daing at iba pang salty food.

Ayon sa pahayag ni DOH Spokesperson and Undersecretary Eric Domingo sa press briefing na ginanap sa Malacañang noong October 30, 2019, isang hakbang ito para isulong ang healthy eating habits.

"Ito yung iniisip natin na pag-aralan na pagtataasan natin ang buwis sa salted food, maaaring magkaroon ito ng positive na outcome sa ating mga kalusugan.

"There’s nothing concrete right now, but it’s something the Department of Health is studying."

The Health Undersecretary added na kabilang ang daing sa kategoryang ito.

“Basically, yes. Oo, it should be included—it will include all foods,” sabi niya.

Ngunit klinaro rin niya na wala pang kasiguraduhan ang pagpapatupad nito.

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"That is a possibility, but I’m not saying right now that that is where we are going...we don’t have any guidelines on that yet,” kaniyang sambit.

Ayon sa report ng inquirer.net, binanggit rin ni Usec. Domingo na ang excessive salt intake "is directly correlated to hypertension, heart disease and kidney diseases."

SENATORS SAY IT'S "ANTI-POOR"

Agad namang sinalungat ito ni Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Imee Marcos, at Bayan Muna Represenative Carlos Zarate.

Isa raw "anti-poor" ang planong ito.

Sabi ni Sotto, “I think they are now going overboard, why is the DOH meddling with our food?

"It is okay to tax cigarettes and alcoholic drinks, but what to eat and not to eat is a stretch. They would increase prices so we could not eat? It’s silly!”

Meanwhile, nilabas naman ni Senator Lacson ang kaniyang saloobin sa isang tweet, "DOH should not pursue its plan to impose sin tax on daing, tuyo, noodles and other similar foods of the poor.

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"If it’s a genuine health issue, they better find another way to regulate consumption.

"There are many ‘health-hazard’ foods on the dining tables of the rich and affluent."

Ang sabi naman ni Senator Imee Marcos, "Tuyo and daing are the food of the poor, I hope they are not serious.

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"Why don’t they tax the big telecommunication companies, mining companies that do not follow the law, big time importer of oil and others?

"It would be a rare collection of taxes, but a big one."

Sinangayunan rin ito ni House Representative Zarate, "It is not the sin of the poor that they can only afford a poor people’s diet. It is their concrete present abject condition in our country that prevent them from getting healthy food.

"Our warning then: Thou shall not tax salt because it is 'asin.'

"Because of this, people from the lower income groups cannot afford to buy daing, tuyo, noodles, or sardines because the prices of these goods are already high due to the TRAIN law. We must remember that these food are also often distributed as relief goods."

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The Department of Health plans to tax all salty food in the Philippines. "Maaaring magkaroon ito ng positive na outcome sa ating mga kalusugan," says DOH Spokesperson and Undersecretary Eric Domingo.
PHOTO/S: ISTOCK
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