- President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the “Magna Carta of the Poor”
- The new law aims to help the poor families meet their basic needs
- It will also allow poor Filipinos to have full access to government services
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed into law the “Magna Carta of the Poor” or the Republic Act 11291 on April 12.
KAMI learned that opposition Senator Leila De Lima is the principal author and sponsor of the new measure that aims to prioritize poor Filipino families be given full access to government services.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Arianne Merez), the new measure aims to provide mechanisms that could help poor Filipinos meet their basic needs. It also encourages the private sectors to come up with pro-poor programs.
The “poor” shall be classified as those who cannot afford to maintain their basic needs and those who have income that falls under the poverty threshold, as defined by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Here are the 5 rights that should be met by the concerned government agencies:
- Right to adequate food
- Right to decent work
- Right to relevant and quality education
- Right to adequate housing
- Right to the highest attainable standard of health
In a report by the GMA News (authors Virgil Lopez and Margaret Claire Layug), those who will be giving donations, contribution, and grant to the programs under the National Poverty Reduction Plan will be exempted from the donor’s tax.
As previously reported by KAMI, President Duterte signed a law that aimed to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
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