Friday, April 12, 2013

DSWD, NEDA to submit substitute bill for Magna Carta of the Poor

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DSWD, NEDA to submit substitute bill for Magna Carta of the Poor


An April 8, 2013, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the Human Development and Social Development Clusters led by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), respectively, to come up with a substitute bill for endorsement to the next Congress, according to Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

“The DSWD and NEDA will closely work for the passage of a substitute bill for the Magna Carta of the Poor. We hope to submit the substitute bill on the first or second day of Congress when it resumes in July. The proposed measure will clearly define the progressive implementation of the Magna Carta, as well as the fund sources,” Secretary Soliman said.
Secretary Soliman further explained that the decision of President Aquino to veto the proposed Magna Carta of the Poor is justified, saying that the President cannot give false hope to the poor because the government does not have enough resources for the measure.

Secretary Soliman said that President Aquino found several unrealistic provisions of the proposed law, which the government cannot meet because of resources constraints.
The proposed Magna Carta of the Poor seeks to guarantee the rights of the poor to food, employment and livelihood, quality education, shelter, and other basic health services “as a matter of right.”

Secretary Soliman also dismissed insinuation that President Aquino does not care for the poor, citing that 30 percent of the national budget for 2013 has been allocated for the delivery of social services.

“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, for instance, has at present 3.9 million household beneficiaries. There are also about 5.2 million poor households benefiting from PhilHealth” Secretary Soliman said.

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