FORMER well being secretaries, medical sector teams and well being advocates have slammed the tobacco business for methods that allegedly purpose to ease tobacco management insurance policies within the nation.
In an announcement on Sunday, they affirmed their assist to Joint Memorandum Round (JMC) 2010-01 signed by the Division of Well being and the Civil Service Fee beneath the World Well being Group Framework Conference on Tobacco Management.
A number of lawmakers lately known as for a repeal of the round after it was used as foundation to dam tobacco firms from buying vaccines in opposition to the coronavirus for the business’s staff. The rules on vaccine buy have since been altered to permit all personal companies to purchase doses.
The round offers a code of conduct to keep away from “tobacco business interference” in policy-making.
“Allow us to be clear: in safeguarding Filipinos’ well being, tobacco firms are neither allies nor mates,” the teams mentioned of their joint assertion.
“There isn’t a doubt: the transfer to repeal the JMC is within the curiosity of the tobacco business. Eradicating this vital wall between the Philippine forms and tobacco affect is serving Filipinos’ well being on a silver platter to the tobacco business and its profit-driven pursuits,” they mentioned.
Among the many signatories have been former well being secretaries Jaime Galvez-Tan, Carmencita N. Reodica, Guide M. Dayrit and Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial.
They have been joined by former well being undersecretary Alexander A. Padilla, former well being assistant secretary Agnette P. Peralta, former Nationwide Anti-Poverty Fee undersecretary Florencia C. Dorotan, and UP Manila Division of Well being Coverage and Administration chair Carmelita C. Canila.
Different signatories have been regulation group ImagineLaw, Philippine Medical Affiliation, Personal Hospitals Affiliation of the Philippines, Inc. and Southeast Asia Tobacco Management Alliance, and 40 different well being advocate teams.
Tobacco business representatives couldn’t be instantly reached for touch upon Sunday. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas