President Duterte Signs "Magna Carta for the Poor"

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Approves “Magna Carta of the Poor”

Republic Act 11291  known as the Magna Carta of the Poor, was signed on April 12, 2019, and ordered departments and agencies of the government to give "full access" to government services to the poor.

The new law seeks to ensure that poor Filipinos will have access to adequate food, especially in times of calamities or natural disasters.

It also mandates the government to provide programs for the poor to promote their food self-sufficiency.

Under the new law, the poor shall be classified as persons whose income falls below the poverty threshold as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and those who cannot afford their minimum basic needs of food, health, education, and housing.

Concerned government agencies are are ordered to do mechanisms to meet the following rights of poor Filipinos:

  1. Right to Adequate Food
  2. Right to Decent Work
  3. Right to Relevant and Quality Education
  4. Right to Adequate Housing
  5. Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

It includes procedure for the provision of requirements, conditions, and opportunities for the full enjoyment of basic needs.

According to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, half of the Filipino population, or 11.6 million families, considered themselves poor in the last quarter of 2018.

Source: PNA


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