Social Watch Philippines (SWP) turn over 200,000 signatures to Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito in support of the passage of the Universal Health Care bill and Tobacco Tax Increase bill on Thursday, September 20 during a Manila Youth Leader’s Assembly held at Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta Mesa. The signatures, which equates to the estimated annual number of Filipinos who will be prevented from starting to smoke if the tax on cigarettes per pack will be increased to at least 100 percent more than the current unitary rates, were gathered by SWP from different universities and families from poor communities in the National Capital Region. From left-- National Coordinator Sara Salvador and Chairman Ka Erning Ofracio of Community Organization AKTIB, SWP Co-convenor Marivic Raquiza, Senator JV Ejercito, Former Congressman Erin Tanada, Dhel Pulanco of Social Watch Youth, and PUP Student Regent Elijah San Fernando
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito and Former Deputy House Speaker Erin Tanada sign the Social Watch Philippines' Declaration of Unity on increased tobacco tax to the maximum level for Universal Health Care at the Manila Youth Assembly held at Polytechnic University of the Philippines on Thursday, September 20. Sen. Ejercito, Chairperson of the Committee on Health is the author and main sponsor of the Universal Health Care Bill (Senate Bill No. 1896) and the bill increasing tobacco tax rate to P90/pack (Senate Bill No. 1605).
Senate Committee on Health and Demography Chair Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito discussing Universal Health Care Bill (UHC) and Tobacco Tax Increase Bill at the Social Watch Philippines Manila Youth Assembly held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines on Thursday, September 20. Senator Ejercito welcomes popular support and clamor for UHC and tobacco tax increase to P90/pack.
Around 250 community leaders and students pose with Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito at the Manila Youth Assembly on Thursday, September 20. Social Watch Philippines youth and community leaders turn over of 200,000 signatures to Senator Ejercito in support of his bills on Universal Health Care and tobacco tax increase to P90/pack.
SWP @ 21 Celebrating our Advocacy for a Sustainable Society
Social Watch Philippines National Assembly
July 19-20, 2018
Hive Hotel and Convention Place
UNESCAP Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing
Panel on Mobilizing Domestic Resources for Sustainable Development
10 June 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia
People's Public Finance Institute Workshops