Poe to use P140B sin tax for health care

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DAGUPAN City: Senator Grace Poe vowed that if she gets elected as President, each town will have a doctor and each provincial hospital will get P1 billion a year for repair and upgrade.

Poe made the commitment at the final presidential debate held on Sunday night here in Pangasinan.

She said she saw the pitiful state of many hospitals in rural areas during her campaign.

Her “Gobyernong may Puso” (Government with a Heart), according to the senator, will use the P140 billion collection from sin taxes to upgrade public health facilities all over the country.


The senator said many local government units are still complaining about the lack of support from the government particularly on healthcare despite the additional revenue being collected from sin taxes.

With P140 billion, Poe added, the government can easily allot P1 billion for every province for the rehabilitation of provincial hospitals.

She said some public hospitals do not even have stable water supply.

“How can you treat the patient when you don’t have water to clean yourself first? As a woman, I will take care of our hospitals,” Poe added.

The senator said she will establish a One Town, One Doctor (OTOD) scholarship program to address the lack of health personnel in rural areas.

Under this program, one scholarship slot will be allotted for a student from each of the country’s 1,634 cities and municipalities.

The scholarship will cover tuition, books and allowances.

There are around 66,000 registered physicians in the Philippines but only 2,944 of them are in public service. This means that there is only one government doctor for every 34,000 Filipinos.

A 2010 survey by the Social Weather Stations revealed that 25 percent of Filipinos have never consulted a doctor while 16 percent last saw a doctor more than five years ago.

Poe said she will ensure that all indigents will not have to dip into their pockets when they seek medical care.

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  1. Maganda ang plataporma ni Sen.Grace Poe sa health care..kaya GRACE POE parin..kaya mga kababayan iboto natin sya..

  2. meron pang isang batas sa manila pag nanood ka ng sine ang ticket mo may nakalaan na charge para sa flood control o ano ngayon ano ng yari sa flood control ah na control ang fee ng mga tiga DPWH o ng MMDA ang VAT ano nasaan ang pondo ano ang pinuntahan at na gawa ng pondo hahahaha…. sana sa mga ganitong mga batas may mga datus ang ahensya ng gobyerno na ano ang nakulecta at saan napunta ang pond sa flood control bha gaya ng nasa batas o sa PDAF nanaman ulit.. SANA ANG MGA SENADOR NA GUMAGAWA NG BATAS MAG PASA NG BATAS SA CONGRESS NA MAY OPEN REPORT ANG MGA AHENSIYA NA PANO NA GAMIT ANG PERA NG BAYAN AT KUNG SINO ANG NG IMPLEMENT NITO AT KUNG SAAN ANG PINAG GAMITAN. ..kung gusto ng mga senador turuan ko sila ng report sa excel sheets napano kadali gumawa ng report wag lang filup lang may katototohunan sa tootong pag lustay ah pag gamit ng pondo.

  3. ang alam ko ang sin tax na makukulecta ay gagamitin sa philheath o baka gaya ng sa malasampayo oil income gagamitin sa energy developement hehehehe ginamit sa pdaf d bha ang layo ng pag gamit at pag labag sa original na plano. parang ang volutary pagibig fund ginawa ni binay na mandatory eh ang original eh bola-tary ng ang kotong colection ng pagibig.isa pa lto ng charge ng computer fee para daw sa pagbili ng bagong computer hehehee ayun naging mandatory na at ayun nanaka pa yung mga plaka namin hahaha. eto pah airport fee na 500 pesos nung nasunog ang MIA nung maipatayo ang bagong MIA ng karoon ng fee na 500pesos o ano na tanim bala ang umunlad tapos hingi pa ng budget ang gobyerno para sa pagpapatayo ng airport hay naku ang dami nang mga batas ang pinoy na hindi sinusunod kasi wala tayong ahensya nag gobyerno na ng update at monitor ng mga batas na ito na sasagawa. kung talagang matino ang mga manbabatas may open data tayo lahat ng mga batas na lagi pwede ma basa ng mga tao bayan para ng saganoon walang mag hack nito hahahha

  4. Olivia Charlotte on

    Health care is one of the part to achieve social development. It helps us to be developed and progress well as a nation. Heath plays an important role in our community and every day lives as a human being. Grace Poe is doing her job well by researching where she can get money in order to achieve social development. Other parts of Social development is education, that was also tackled by Grace Poe during the debate. Free lunch for the children who were really passionate to study.

    She is really the most qualified to be our next president! God bless Sen. Grace Poe. Maasahan niyo po boto ko.

  5. It seems like Sen. Grace Poe hit the jackpot when she unveiled her plans to use the P140 Billion sin tax for health care. Most of the States in the U.S., taxes collected from alcohol and tobacco products will go to government hospitals to help cover the health care for the poor that do not have health insurance.

    This will be an excellent program for the government, spending huge portion of its budget in Health Care programs. The law abiding citizens would also like to see some type of mitigating tools to be in place for drug smugglers, drug manufacturers, drug retailers, and drug dealers or pushers. Bringing back the “DEATH PENALTY” would be an excellent idea because these drug criminals can no longer rehabilitated by simply putting them behind the prison walls. If Escudero is lucky enough to win the Vice-Presidency, he should not have any assigned job that has something to do with fighting illegal drugs because it has been known that he’s not only a user but is in the loop, as well.

  6. Hindi pa tapos ang election Senator Grace Poe .. the fight just started ,keep fighting until the end .. because GOD is powerful than human .. Hanggat hindi pa tapos ang Mayo 9,2016 Senator Grace Poe still has the chance .Fight ,Fight Poe ..we are behind you ….praying hard .. we hope that the Filipinos will think hard before they decide who to vote.

    Ang mga personal attacks ninyo kay senator grace poe simula kahit
    hindi pa siya ng declare para mangandidatu ay walang tigil … dahil si
    grace poe lang ang walang bahid ang repustayon .. pero kami ay
    naniniwalng si sentor grace poe at ang kanyang palmilya ay mabuting
    mamamayan .kung ikukumpara kay binay na maraming issue sa magumgulimbat .
    walang makakatalo sa iyo senator grace poe ..your destiny is to be our
    leader of the Philippines. Mabuhay ka poe!