List of Countries

Philippines

Global Tobacco Index Score
57
Indicator 1 (I1): The industry's participation in policy development
16
Indicator 2 (I2): Tobacco industry-related corporate social responsibility activities
4
Indicator 3 (I3): Benefits given to the tobacco industry
5
Indicator 4 (I4): Unnecessary interaction between government and industry
11
Indicator 5 (I5): Measures for transparency
3
Indicator 6 (I6). Preventing conflicts of interest
11
Indicator 7 (I7). Measures that prevent industry influence
7

The Philippines has been a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) since September 4, 2005. Among its tobacco control legislation, a significant feature is the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) between the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Health on the Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Interference, which seeks to provide specific guidance on interactions between government agencies and the tobacco industry. Even so, monitoring and implementation of the JMC needs to be strengthened to help the Philippine government appropriately counteract tobacco industry interference as set out in the policy.