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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Magna Carta for the Poor Pasok sa Kongreso (Sana Hindi Nigas Kugon!)

Sana ay magtuloy-tuloy na ang pangangalaga at pagprotekta ng pamahalaan sa mga mahihirap. Dapat bigyan ng pagtutok ang patuloy na kahirapan na nararanasan ng ating bansa. Habang lumolobo ang populasyon at patuloy na kukokontra ang simbahan sa Reproductive Health ay patuloy naman na dumarami ang walang trabaho at ang mga naghihirap... dumarami rin ang nawawalan ng pag-asa... pero wag kayo mag-alala... MAY PAG-ASA PA!

MANILA, Philippines -- A bill proposing Magna Carta for the Poor has been approved by a joint panel at the House of Representatives.

The committees on poverty alleviation, and on people’s participation jointly passed the measure aimed at reducing the number of “extremely” poor Filipinos and help them become economically empowered.

The bill, a substitute for four bills, also seeks to strengthen several social service programs for the underprivileged in order to protect and promote their rights to a decent life.

“For one, it aims to enhance the poor's right to employment by giving them preferential access to employment openings in private enterprises as well as in government programs and projects,” a statement from the House said Monday.

“Further, it seeks to create an Office of Employment Opportunities,” it said.

The proposed legislation, likewise, seeks to enhance the poor's right to food by giving them food or of food assistance/subsidy to help them in their survival.

It also seeks to strengthen the right to free quality education of underprivileged Filipinos by providing them access to quality education at the college level, and expanding the study-now-pay- later plans in state colleges and universities.

In terms of shelter for the poor, the bill proposes the implementation of a housing scheme to provide decent facilities to the poor with the least financial burden.

The bill further seeks to strengthen health and medical services for the poor through a system of free delivery of health services and medicines.

Reference: By Maila Ager

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