The Health and Education departments along with the Philippine Heart Association are seeking to impose sin tax on sodas and junk food to deter children, particularly students, from consuming unhealthy options.
Department of Health bureau director Dr. Gloria Balboa said that junk food currently remains one of the reasons for the unbalanced diets of children, ABS-CBN reports.
“Yun kasi ang mura, madaling bilhin ng bata. Maraming sugar, maraming salt, and it also adds up to obesity,” she said.
Balboa said that she doesn’t see any reason why junk food should be treated any different from other products that have adverse effects on the body.
“May sin tax tayo noon for alcohol, tobacco. Isama na rin sila para ma-discourage [yung mga bata bumili ng junk food]...Kasi tataas ang presyo niyan,” she said.
“Hindi na siya magiging ganoon ka-accessible especially to children,” she added.
Health experts earlier expressed their support for Duterte’s proposal to impose sin tax on sodas and junk food.
Meanwhile, the three departments will coordinate with each other to find ways to regulate street sellers outside schools while the proposal remains in limbo.