Tuesday, August 5, 2014

House OKs Magna Carta of the Poor on third reading
By John Mark Escandor

NAGA CITY, Aug. 5 (PNA) -- The House approved on third reading Monday the Magna Carta of the Poor which is “the declared state policy to uplift the standard of living and quality of life of the poor and provide them with sustained opportunities for growth and development.”

Camarines Sur Fifth District Rep. Salvio Fortuno, committee on poverty alleviation chair, in a phone interview Tuesday, said the bill was passed with 216 in favor and with no abstention and dissension.

Fortuno said the bill had been pending for awhile in the House in the previous sessions until President Aquino certified it as urgent.

He said the Magna Carta of the Poor is comprehensive enough to comply with the international obligations to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

He said it also addresses issues regarding the achievement of primary education, promote gender equality and empowerment of women, reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health.

Fortuno said it even gave impetus to the fight against the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).(PNA) LAP/FGS/JME/CBD/