40% of the country’s deaths are caused by lifestyle diseases.
House Assistant Majority Leader and Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list Representative Migs Nograles explained that it is based on the DOH Health Policy Notes.
Due to this, Nograles is asking Filipinos to invest in their health.
“We have to invest in the health of our people by encouraging them to have a very active lifestyle.”
“We have to invest in the health of our people by encouraging them to have a very active lifestyle. This could also encourage them to avoid disease-causing vices like smoking, alcoholism, and drug addiction. This will help us have a healthy and productive population,” the legislator stressed.
The lady lawmaker appealed to the government, particularly the Bureau of Customs, to promote the well-being of Filipinos by amending its administrative order that sets the ceiling for non-dutiable imported goods.
Nograles was referring to Administrative Order 02-2016 which provides a single importation of any item worth 10,000 and below is tax-exempt.
When the item exceeds the said amount, the buyer-importer will have to pay 15% Customs duty and 12% Value Added Tax (VAT).
She proposed that from P10,000, the tax exemption for imported sporting and health improvement equipment and goods should be increased to P50,000.
“If we do this, we can have free gyms in every barangay.”
“The P10,000 de minimis value for imported goods will remain with the exception of sporting gears and equipment. If we do this, we can have free gyms in every barangay and we can encourage our population to have an active lifestyle,” Nograles explained.
“If we can have a healthy population, we will also have a healthy nation,” she concluded.