THERE’s certainly nothing wrong with generating more revenues to finance government projects and programs aimed at uplifting the living conditions of the people, notably the poor.
But it should not be at the expense of the country’s senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs).
Thus, it is heartening to note that no less than House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez is against the idea of removing the value added tax (VAT) exemptions of PWDs and the elderly.
Alvarez, a close ally of President Rodrigo “Rody” R. Duterte, described the proposal as “unpopular.”
As proposed by the Department of Finance (DoF), removing the tax exemptions may have difficulty getting the support of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“I am against making the senior citizens and PWDs suffer. We will study the DoF measure very closely to make sure it will be fair to all concerned,” said the articulate Alvarez.
Even Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy expressed reservations on reducing the benefits given to the country’s senior citizens and PWDs.
Although Herrera-Dy supports the finance department’s tax reform plan, the party-list lawmaker asked her colleagues “to just leave the senior citizens and PWDs out of the haggle.”
Alvarez is, without doubt, on the right path in giving the elderly and PWDs the protection that they need.
Let’s collect more taxes but without compromising the country’s senior citizens, persons with disability and other special sectors.