Sin tax bill maipapasa ngayong taon – M’cañang

KUMPIYANSA ang Malakanyang na maipapasa ang sin tax bill dahil dito huhugutin ang P54-billion na pondo para sa health services.

Sinabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte na tiwala silang makakalusot ang panukalang batas bago matapos ang taon.

“Where is that money going? We’re looking primarily at more health facilities, your rural health units, your district hospitals, etcetera, down to your barangay. Your rural health unit is the barangay unit, by the way. And apart from premiums for the expanded coverage of PhilHealth. As you know, we are already covering a hundred percent ‘yung mga indigent patients natin. And other needs, of course, to boost the health sector.”

Aniya, batid ng mga mambabatas ang budget gap na dapat habulin kung saan ang P23 billion na kakulangan para sa mga pasilidad pangkalusugan ay huhugutin mula sa Sin Tax Bill.

“We remain hopeful that the sin tax measures will be given due consideration by our senators. It is obviously in everybody’s national interest to keep looking at the sin tax measure and to see what good it can do for the health sector,” anito.

Sa kabilang dako, sakali’t hindi maipasa ang sin tax bill ay wala pa namang naiisip na Plan B ang pamahalaan para pondohan ang health sector para sa susunod na taon.

“At this point, we’re not looking at other contingencies yet. We will have to look at if and when… When that happens, we’ll see if other sources will have to be looked into for those funds,” anito.

Inamin naman ng Malakanyang na may ilang programa para sa health sector  sa susunod na taon ang posibleng mabulilyaso.

“Some of the facilities may not be able to get their much needed upgrade or their repair. But we don’t want to look at that yet. We remain hopeful again that it will be passed by the Senate. I understand also that they’re looking at its budget season already and we understand also that the budget is likewise a big priority for both Houses as well as the Executive,” aniya pa rin.

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