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Republic Act No. 601





Section 1. Except as herein otherwise provided, there shall be assessed, collected and paid a special excise tax of seventeen per centum (17%) on the value in Philippine peso of foreign exchange sold and/or authorized to be sold by the Central Bank of the Philippines or any of its agents during the period of two years counted from the date of the approval of this Act.

Sec. 2. The tax collected under the preceding section on foreign exchange used for the payment of the cost, transportation and/or other charges incident to importation into the Philippines of rice, flour, canned milk, cattle and beef, canned fish, soya beans, butterfat, chocolate, malt syrup, tapioca, stabilizer and flavors, vitamin concentrate, fertilizer, poultry feed; textbooks, reference books, and supplementary readers approved by the Board on Textbooks and/or established public or private educational institutions; newsprint imported by or for publishers for use in the publication of books, pamphlets, magazines and newspapers; book paper, book cloth, chip board imported for the printing of supplementary readers (approved by the Board on Textbooks) to be supplied to the Government under contracts perfected before the approval of this Act, the quantity thereof to be certified by the Director of Printing; anesthetics, anti-biotics, vitamins, hormones, X-Ray films, laboratory reagents, biologicals, dental supplies, and pharmaceutical drugs necessary for compounding medicines; medical and hospital supplies listed in the appendix to this Act, in quantities to be certified by the Director of Hospitals as actually needed by the hospitals applying therefor; drugs and medicines listed in the said appendix; and such other drugs and medicines as may be certified by the Secretary of Health from time to time to promote and protect the health of the people of the Philippines shall be refunded to any importer making application therefor, upon satisfactory proof of actual importation under the rules and regulations to be promulgated pursuant to section seven hereof.

Sec. 3. The tax collected on foreign exchange used for the payment of the cost, transportation and/or other charges incident to importation into the Philippines of articles or containers used by the importer himself in the manufacture or preparation of local products for consignment or export abroad shall likewise be refunded upon satisfactory proof under said rules and regulations that said imported articles or containers were actually used in the manufacture or preparation of such local products, forming part thereof, and that said local products have been actually exported.

Sec. 4. The tax imposed in this Act shall not apply to foreign exchange sold and/or authorized to be sold by the Central Bank of the Philippines for any of the following purposes:

1. Payment in respect of reinsurance.

2. Payment in respect of marine and aviation insurance.

3. Payment of expenses for the drydocking and repair abroad of vessels of Philippine register, and for the repair abroad ofrplanes of Philippine register, and payment of purchase price or charter fees ofrplanes and vessels of Philippine register: Provided, That, before vessels are sent to be drydocked abroad, an estimate of the cost of drydocking should be certified by the Hulls and Boilers Division of the Bureau of Customs, and in case ofrplanes andrplane parts, the cost of such repairs and such parts should be certified by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

4. Remittances for payment of living expenses of students studying abroad not exceeding the equivalent of three hundred dollars per month, and for payment of tuition and other school fees.

5. Payment of premiums by Veterans on Life Insurance Policies under the Government of the United States.

6. Payment of premiums and other amounts due by policyholders on Life Insurance Policies issued before December 9, 1949.

7. Payment of machinery and/or raw materials to be used by new and necessary industries as determined in accordance with Republic Act Numbered Thirty-five.

Sec. 5. The Tax imposed under section one hereof shall be paid to the Central Bank of the Philippines by the purchaser of the foreign exchange, and the Central Bank of the Philippines and/or its agents shall not sell any foreign exchange without the payment of the said tax. The refund of taxes pursuant to sections two and three of this Act shall be made by the Central Bank of the Philippines. The monies collected shall accrue to the General Fund in the National Treasury.

Sec. 6. Any person violating any provision of this Act or any of the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction, be fined in an amount not exceeding twenty thousand pesos and imprisoned for a period not exceeding two years: Provided, however, That if the offender is a corporation, association or partnership, the penalty shall be imposed upon the president, directors managers, managing partners, as the case may be, and/or the person charged with the administration thereof.

Sec. 7. The Monetary Board of Central Bank of the Philippines shall prescribe and promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 8. The tax provided herein shall not be levied assessed and collected upon exchange used for the importation of industrial and agricultural machinery covered by an import license which had already been granted and the letter of credit for which had already been opened prior to January first, nineteen hundred and fifty-one.

Sec. 9. Except as expressly provided in section five hereof, the provisions of this Act shall in no case be construed to abrogate, diminish or limit in any manner any of the powers now exercised or hereafter to be exercised by the Central Bank of the Philippines pursuant to existing laws and regulations.

Section 10. Separability clause. – If any clause, sentence, paragraph, or part of this Act is adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder of said Act, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph or part thereof directly involved in the controversy.

Section 11. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: March 28, 1951


1. Adrenaline Chloride 1:1000 1 cc. amp.
2. Alcohol, refined 95%
3. Acid, Ascorbic (Vitamin C) U.S.P.
4. Acid, Boric, powder
5. Acid, Picric, crystals
6. Acid, Salicylic, crystals
7. Acetone, M.F.
8. Argyrol, crystals, 1. oz. bot.
9. Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia, 1 pt. bot.
10. Aspirin Tablets, 5 gms. x 1000
11. Ascorbic Acid, tablets, 100 mgm. x 100
12. Ascorbic Acid, ampules, 100 mgm. x 100
13. Aureomycin, capsules, 50 mgm. x 25
14. Aureomycin, capsules, 250 mgm. x 16
15. Brown Mixture tablets, 500 to bot.
16. B-complex, injectable 10 cc vial
17. B-complex, tablets, 100 to bottle
18. Bismuth Subnitrate, 1 lb. bot.
19. Bismuth Subcarbonate, 1 lb. bot.
20. Calcium Gluconate, C.P.
21. Caffeine Sodium Benzoate, U.S.P.
22. Camphor, powder, U.S.P.
23. Cathartic Pills Comp. x 100
24. Caffeine Sodium Benzoate, amps. 1 cc
25. Cottonseed Oil, U.S.P.
26. Camphorated Oil, Ampules, 1 cc
27. Castor Oil, 1 gal. can AA
28. Chloroform, U.S.P.
29. Calomel and Santonin, 1/2 gm. tab. x 100
30. Chloromycetin, caps. 250 mgm. x 12
31. Chlorazene tablets, 1000
32. Collodion, U.S.P.
33. Collargol, crystals, 1 oz. bot.
34. Dextrose, C.P. anhydrous
35. Diarrhea Dysentery tablets, 1000
36. Digitalin, H.T. 1/000 x 20 tab.
37. Digalen ampules 6 x 1 cc.
38. Dihydro Streptomycin Sulphate "Merck"
39. Emetine Hydrochloride, powder
40. Eucalyptol, U.S.P.
41. Extract of Belladonna
42. Formalin, U.S.P.
43. Hydrogen Peroxide, 4 Oz. bot.
44. Iodine, crystals, 1/4 lb. bot.
45. Iodoform powder, 100 gm. bot.
46. Insulin, 40 units per cc. 10 cc.
47. Insulin, 80 units per cc. 10 cc.
48. Insulin, Globin with Zinc, 40 U 10 cc.
49. Insulin, Globin with Zinc, 80 U 10 cc.
50. Insulin, Protamine Zinc, 40 U 10 cc.
51. Insulin, Protamine Zinc, 80 U 10 cc.
52. Ichthyol
53. Lactose, U.S.P.
54. Lysol, 1 liter bot.
55. Glycerine, O.P.
56. Glycerine, U.S.P.
57. Gomenol
58. Guaiacol Liquid, U.S.P.
59. Gum Arabic, tears
60. Iron Cacodylate
61. Magnesium Sulphate, crystals
62. Magnesium Sulphate, dried powder
63. Methyl Violet, crystals
64. Mapharsen, 60 gram
65. Mercurochrome, crystals
66. Morphine Sulfate, powder U.S.P.
67. Morphine (1/6 gm) with atropine (1/150 gm) H.T.
68. Mercury, ammoniated, powder
69. Methyl Salicylate, U.S.P.
70. Menthol, crystals
71. Ointment, Boric Acid, U.S.P.
72. Ointment, Ammoniated Mercury, U.S.P.
73. Ointment, Ichthyol with Belladonna
74. Ointment, Ophthalmic, yellow mercuric Oxide 1%
75. Novocain Cobefrin Capsules 50's
76. Novocain 1% sol. amp. 2 cc. x 100
77. Multivitamine Capsules, 30's
78. Multivitamine Capsules, 100's
79. Penicillin, 200,000 units
80. Procaine Penicillin G, 10 cc.
81. Procaine Penicillin G, single doze
82. Pontocaine Hydrochloride "Winthrop" 10 x 10 mgm.
83. Pontocaine Hydrochloride "Winthrop" 10 x 20 mgm.
84. Pentothal Sodium 0.5 Cm. with 20 cc. distilled water, 25's
85. Petrolatum, white
86. Papaverin Hydrochloride, powder
87. Potassium Iodide, crystals, 1 lb. bot.
88. Quinine Dihydrochloride, U.S.P.
89. Quinine Hydrochloride
90. Quinine Sulphate Tablets, 5 gm. x 1000
91. Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P.
92. Sodium Chloride. C.P.
93. Sodium Cacodylate, U.S.P.
94. Sodium Clycerophosphate N.F. Crystals
95. Sodium Salicylate, U.S.P.
96. Sodium Para Aminosalicylate
97. Strychnine Sulphate, powder, U.S.P.
98. Sulfadiasine, powder, U.S.P.
99. Sulfadiasine, tablets, 7.7 gms. 1000's
100. Sulfaguanidin, powder, U.S.P.
101. Sulfaguanidin, tablets, 7.7 gms. 1000's
102. Sulfathiazole, tablets, 7.7 gms. 1000's
103. Sulfathiazole, powder, U.S.P.
104. Sulfanilamide, powder, 5 gm. envelope
105. Sodium Citrate, U.S.P.
106. Sodium Sulphate, U.S.P.
107. Sulphur, precipitated, U.S.P.
108. Thiamine Hydrochloride, U.S.P.
109. Thiamine Hydrochloride, tablets, 10 mgm. x 100
110. Thiamine Hydrochloride sol. 100 mgm. per cc., 10 cc. vial
111. Tincture of Arnica, 16 oz. bot.
112. Thymol, U.S.P. 1/4 lb. bot.
113. Vaseline Carbolated, U.S.P.
114. Vitamin B Complex, tablets, 100's
115. Vitamin B complex, 10 cc. vial
116. Vitamin B12 (Rubramin) 30 micrograms per cc., 5 cc. vial
117. Vitamin K, 10 mgm. per cc. 25's
118. Vitamin B. Complex, syrup, 4 oz. bot.
119. Water, double distilled, 50 cc. bot.
120. Zinc Oxide, powder, U.S.P.
121. Dextrose 5% in Water, 500 cc.
122. Dextrose 5% in Normal Saline, 1000 cc.
123. Dextrose 5% in Lactate Ringer, 500 cc.
124. Dextrose 10% in water, 500 cc.
125. Dextrose 10% in Normal Saline, 1000 cc.
126. Dextrose 5% in Normal Saline, 500 cc.
127. Dextrose 50% in 50 cc. ampule.
128. Cod Liver Oil 1 kilo bot.
129. Cortone.
130. Chrysalids, x 5. S & D, adult
131. Chrysalids, x 5, S & D children
132. Sharmone S & D
133. Tedral x 120's
134. PAS Tablets, 100's
135. T-B-One tablets, 100's
136. Similac, 1 lb. can
137. Fluid Extract of Ergot, -4 oz. bot.
138. Clauden ampules, 5 x 10 cc.
139. Coagulen, ampules, 5 x 5 cc.
140. Clauden, tablets, tube of 15
141. Anti-Tetanic Serum, 1 cc.
142. Diptheria Antitoxin, 10,000 units
143. Diptheria Antitoxin, 20,000 units
144. Gas Gangrene Antitoxin
145. Atabrine, 1000's
146. Cotton, Absorbent, 1 lb.
147. Cotton, absorbent, 1.2 lb.
148. Gauze, plain, 36" x 100 yds.
149. Bandage, gauze, 1" x 10 yds.
150. Bandage, gauze, 2" x 10 yds.
151. Bandage, gauze, 3" x 10 yds.
152. Applicators, wood (1000 to box)
153. Sutures, Abaca
154. Catgut, Chromic, 1 to 4
155. Droppers, medicine
156. Plaster, adhesive, 1" x 5 yds.
157. Plaster, adhesive, 2" x 5 yds.
158. Plaster, adhesive, 3" x 5 yds.
159. Plaster, adhesive, 12" x 5 yds.
160. Syringes, hypo, 10 cc.
161. Syringes, hypo, 5 cc.
162. Syringes, hypo. 2 cc.
163. Needles, hypo. 3/4" x 24
164. Needles, hypo. 1/2"
165. Needles, hypo. 1"

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