A LAWMAKER will file a bill in the 19e Congress seeking to impose a two-tier tax on products with sodium content to encourage manufacturers to switch to low-salt products.
“Low sodium products would have a much lower tax rate than high sodium products,” Barangay Health Workers (BHW) party list representative Angelica Natasha Co said in a statement on Sunday.
This is intended to help reduce the high health costs associated with excessive consumption of salty foods, she said.
Revenue generated from the salt tax will provide additional funding for the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act, she added.
The lawmaker said she had high hopes for the proposal, as the tax on sugary products, contained within the framework of the tax reform for acceleration and inclusion, has successfully contributed to the financing of the country.‘s health programs and promoted new products with natural or sugar-free juices.
“Consumers have chosen low sugar content rather than high sugar content,” she says.
For foods like dried fish, a staple in many parts of the country, she said local governments may be allowed to provide incentives for low-salt products.
“High sodium intake significantly increases health risks and costs as salty diets lead to cardiovascular and kidney disorders leading to high medical costs,” said Mrs. Co. “We have to deal with this public health crisis which causes many deaths every year.” — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan