297 CSO reps in Region 7 join the consultation on Magna Carta of the Poor draft IRR

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) holds a consultation on the draft IRR of the Republic Act No. 11291 participated by 297 representatives from around 165 Civil Society Organizations in Central Visayas on October 22, 2019 at JSU/PSU Mariner’s Court, Cebu City.

Mr. Simeon Romarate, Division Chief of Cebu City’s Office for the Welfare of the Urban Poor, welcome the delegates on behalf of Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella with an update on the development programs for the informal settlers, senior citizens, students and PWDs in the city.

After the presentation of Atty. Luz Perez, NAPC Legal Consultant on the salient points of the Magna Carta of the Poor draft IRR, a plenary session was facilitated by Mr. Dario Cubelo, NAPC-OHEA Admin and Finance Unit Head.

Some of the issues raised and recommendations given by the CSO reps in relation to the draft IRR are the following:

• The concern on the funding of anti-poverty programs and projects
• The problem on the identification and classification of the poor
• The issue on the informal settler families in Cebu City
• Delayed collection of waste due to conflict of political interest
• To modernize the equipment and to ensure sufficiency of medicines as well as prioritization of the poor in public hospitals
• Wider information dissemination about RA No.11291 especially at the grassroot level even after the series of consultation on its draft IRR.
• Formalization of workers in the informal sectors such as vendors and habal habal drivers.
•. Recognition of PWDs' capability to support and provide for themselves
• Concern on too low price of Copra
• Subsidy being given to the farmers should be in cash instead of items.

All concerns and suggestions from the CSOs/POs either verbal or written were well taken. NAPC is still accepting comments, suggestions, clarifications and other inputs on the draft Magna Carta of the poor IRR from CSOs/POs and LGUs until October 31, 2019 nationwide.