MANILA - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the Magna Carta for the Poor.
The proposed law, which aims to protect the rights of the poor by providing them with sustained opportunities for growth and development, gets a second chance at becoming a law after being thumbed down in the previous administration.
President Benigno Aquino III vetoed the bill, passed by both chambers of Congress in 2013, over funding requirements.
The new bill, passed on Wednesday, guarantees the following rights of the poor:
- Right to Adequate Food,
- Right to Decent Work,
- Right to Free Relevant and Quality Education,
- Right to Adequate Housing and
- Right to Highest Attainable Standard of Mental and Physical Health.
The bill would also mandate the creation of a National Poverty Reduction Plan.
Funds for the bill's implementation would be charged from the budget of different government agencies, such as the Department of Social Work and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Housing Authority, PhilHealth, and Social Housing and Finance Corporation.
Donations to fund the implementation of projects under this law are exempt from the payment of Donor’s tax.