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Duterte Signs New Bill: Magna Carta of the Poor

President Duterte recently signed a new bill, Magna Carta of the Poor. 

This law intends to provide and grant the poor with easy access to government services for the betterment of their quality of life. The private sector is encouraged to invest in poverty alleviation projects. 

Magna Carta of the Poor 

Duterte signed the Magna Carta of the Poor or Republic Act 11291 on April 12. It directs appropriate government agencies to guarantee the rights of the poor in regards to receiving decent work, adequate food, housing, free education, and to accept the highest sustainable standard of health. 

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Government Agencies Involved 

The agencies that RA 11291 involves Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

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The Magna Carta of the Poor mandates the government to establish an implementation to provide the conditions, requirements, and the opportunities that will give full enjoyment of the law’s potential to the poor.

Target Beneficiaries 

The DSWD, together with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission, holds the task to identify the new mandate’s target beneficiaries. The beneficiaries of RA 11291 are those individuals who receive income which falls under the poverty threshold as determined by NEDA.

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Also, those individuals who cannot provide for their basic needs for food, housing, health, education, and other defined amenities. 

Support From Senator De Lima 

Senator Leila De Lima is vocal with her support on this new mandate. 

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“The dream of the poor for a better future is within reach with the signing of this law. Finally, their pleas have been heard, and the state will be their refuge.” 

Tax Exemption 

Any contribution, grant, and donations made for the programs of the National Poverty Reduction Plan will be exempted from donor’s tax. The implementers of the housing resettlement program will get to enjoy incentives. 

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On the other hand, the NAPC will oversee the implementation of this new law. 

Source: GMA News

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