Thanks to the Senate ways and means committee approving the Sin Tax Bill yesterday, Filipino drinking habits might soon change (for the better?)
The Sin Tax Bill – or Senate Bill No. 1074 – aims to lessen addiction in the country and fund the Universal Health Care law by increasing the taxes of alcohol, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes every year.
Though it could take some time before the bill comes into fruition, an infographic from Rappler predicts just how our ‘chillnumans‘ might be affected.
Spearheaded by senator Pia Cayetano, she claimed that the country needs to curb vices as Filipinos have become the ‘champions‘ of drinking.
‘That is not something we should be proud of. Maging champion sana tayo sa sports katulad ni Senator Manny Pacquiao or sa darating na Southeast Asian Games. Pero huwag naman sa inuman.’, Cayetano said.
Cayetano’s statement coincides with findings that more than half of Filipino adults are binge drinkers, while alcohol has been a consistent factor in worldwide disease and injury conditions, as per the World Health Organization.
Meanwhile, research group IBON countered that the sin tax bill would ‘burden the poor while cutting tax that would make the rich even richer.’ The group suggests that the gov’t raise taxes for high-earning employees, rather than the consumer goods that impact all classes.
If approved into law, alcohol will be taxed PHP 32 per liter starting 2020, increasing by PHP 2 until 2022, then eventually raising taxes by 5% to 10% by 2023. Basically, the price hikes would continue through the years.