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Philippines: ImagineLaw warns government for accepting donations from tobacco companies

16 May 2021 Armando Fenequito, Newsfort: The law organization ImagineLaw has cautioned the government on receiving donations from tobacco companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic  describing the practice  this as ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.  ImagineLaw Executive Director lawyer Sophia Monica San Luis said in a statement, the tobacco industry has a long history of using so-called …

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Philippines: DILG: No liquor, cigarettes in community pantries

28 April 2021 Melissa Luz Lopez, CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will prohibit the distribution of certain items in community pantries under new guidelines. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said while the agency will not require pantry organizers to secure permits, it will set some …

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Philippines: The hypocrisy of “CSR” in the time of COVID-19

25 March 2021 Anna Bueno, Vera Files: A bill to reward businesses for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities is pending in Congress. At its face, the bill may be harmless: Who would not want to reward companies when they appear to be more socially responsible, especially in this time of need? While it is not clear if …

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Filipinos want national smoking ban in public places, survey says

4 February 2021 Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco, Business Mirror: More can still be done to ensure the safety of Filipinos when it comes to the harmful effects of smoking and the results of a recent survey may lead policy-makers to the right direction. According to a survey conducted by Pulse Asia in December 2020, there is overwhelming …

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Philippines: Dark side to Big Tobacco’s Covid-19 CSR activities?

16 December 2020 Lina Sagaral Reyes, Eco-Business: Donations of ventilators and supplies are part of a ‘classic tactic’ by the industry to get close to governments and try to undermine health policies, say public health advocates. Should tobacco firms’ CSR activities be allowed? On 26 March this year, as the Philippines recorded 707 Covid-19 cases two …

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