Suansing eyes VAT exemption for bottled water
Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing is batting for the exemption of bottled water from the value-added tax (VAT) to make it a cheaper and healthier alternative to sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).
The Nueva Ecija said the price of a 350 ml regular bottled water is more expensive than some juices and sodas with the same volume in many stores.
“For this reason, consumers prefer to buy and drink juices and sodas than bottled water. The public’s consumption of sugar sweetened beverages more frequently than water can lead to several illnesses attributable to high sugar level in the blood,” Suansing said,
“If the prices of sugary drinks are cheaper than bottled water, the public will prefer to buy sugar sweetened beverages than water. Basic as it is, this seldom noticed consumer preference for sugar sweetened beverages instead of water is destructive to health and can be avoided by lowering the price of bottled water compared to SSB,” she added.
Suansing said any sugar level higher than normal is unhealthy because it can behave like a slow-acting poison.
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