Finance dep't says no proposal yet for tax hike on salty food


Posted at Nov 08 2019 05:54 PM

TAGAYTAY CITY -- The Department of Finance (DOF) said on Friday no formal proposal for a tax increase on salty food products has been filed yet.

Any proposal seeking to impose additional duties on salty and unhealthy food items would need to undergo scrutiny, Finance Assistance Secretary Tony Lambino told reporters.

“Nabanggit lang kasi 'yan in a press conference. I think it was just in passing kaso na-pick up kaya naging storya. But the truth is, wala pa pong proposal. Pinag-aaralan pa po," Lambino said.

(It was just mentioned in a press conference. I think it was just in passing but it was picked up so it became a story. But the truth is, there is still no proposal. It's still being explored)

“Hindi pa natin ma-define 'yan dahil kailangan pa pag aralan talaga ‘yan,” Lambino said.

(We cannot define that because it needs to be studied first.)

The Department of Health earlier said it was studying the possibility of taxing salty foods to curb diseases related to salt consumption.

The DOF is currently pushing for higher duties on spirits and tobacco products to help fund universal health care.

-- with a report from Katrina Domingo and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News