December 19, 2017
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) welcomes the passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, which was signed today by President Rodrigo Duterte.
TRAIN is the first package of the government’s proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, or CTRP, which is seen to generate additional revenue to fund the country’s investment requirements.
“The implementation of TRAIN is essential as it will increase the spending capacity of the average working Filipino, boost revenue-to-GDP ratio, and fund government’s infrastructure and human capital investment program,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia.
The TRAIN bill exempts those with an annual income of PhP250,000 and below from personal income tax, and also adjusts excise taxes on fuel and automobiles.
“As we look forward to TRAIN’s implementation next year, we will continue to rally for the full implementation of the CTRP to promote equity, and raise the needed revenues for government’s programs and projects especially in infrastructure, education and health,” added Pernia.
NEDA’s analysis shows that, with the CTRP, real gross domestic product (GDP) level will be higher by 0.5 to 1.1 percent by year 2022.
Meanwhile, the NEDA also welcomes the passage of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2018, which was also signed by the President today. The 2018 GAA proposes a national budget of PhP3.7-trillion, 12 percent higher than last year’s budget.
“With the passing of TRAIN and the 2018 GAA, we are well on track in reaching our medium-term targets. These are in line with the development strategies in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, which identifies tax reform, infrastructure development, and human capital investment as priorities,” said Pernia.
“This is also a good start as we move towards realizing our national long-term vision of a Philippines where no one is poor, and where all Filipinos enjoy a life that is matatag, maginhawa and panatag,” he added.