WHO lauds PH’s sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.-File Photo/PPD

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. on Monday, January 8, took note of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) remarks saying that taxation of SSB “is a great step forward in protecting the health of Filipinos”.

The Philippines is among the first Asian countries to implement taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB).

“With this development, we hope to contribute to our national health agenda and hopefully prevent the risks associated with overweight and obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and tooth decay,” Roque said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

SSBs are drinks with added sugar, which included soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened juice drinks, among others that provide unnecessary or empty calories with little or no nutrition.

The SSB excise tax, as a health measure, will encourage the public to make healthy choices to ensure a healthier and more productive lifestyle.-PCO