Thoughts on the lowering of MACR

I cannot seem to understand why there is "clamor" among policy makers to decrease MACR in the Philippines when the global trend is to increase it. I stand with the position of professional and civic groups opposing the proposed measure. First, we need to consider evidence that children below 15 or 12 years old may … Continue reading Thoughts on the lowering of MACR

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The Global Burden of Disease and Some Implications to Health Policy in the Philippines

The Global Burden of Diseases Study (GBD) is a collaborative project of about 500 researchers in 50 countries led by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). It is the world’s largest systematic, scientific inquiry that quantifies the levels and trends of health loss by determining the prevalence, morbidity and mortality … Continue reading The Global Burden of Disease and Some Implications to Health Policy in the Philippines

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 4)

POLICY EVALUATION Evidence is one factor that influence policy-making and this can be generated through research. Research is a scientific process designed to produce new knowledge to improve the understanding of the world or to explain a phenomenon. It has substantially contributed to this policy in many ways at various stages of the policy cycle. … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 4)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 3)

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION Principal-Agent Approach The policy uses the principal-agent approach of implementation where the government has mandated its various agencies to implement the law in various capacities. Other than the DOH, several government agencies are also given mandates for purposes of the implementation of this law. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is mandated to … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 3)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 2)

POLICY FORMULATION To analyze the process of policy formulation, the policy triangle framework of Walt and Gilson, which includes the policy context, content, process and actors, is applied. Policy Context The policy process of tobacco control in the Philippines was influenced by both international and local contextual factors. Contextual factors that shaped tobacco control policies … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 2)

POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats in the world and the largest single cause of preventable deaths. Globally, it kills more than seven million a year with more than six million of those deaths attributable to direct tobacco use. Around 80% of smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries … Continue reading POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: Graphic Health Warnings Law (Part 1)