CSOs in Region 6 appeal for direct implementation of the Magna Carta of the Poor to the grassroots

The National Anti-Poverty Commission held a Regional Consultation on the formulation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Magna Carta of the Poor (MCP) with around 400 representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Western Visayas on October 30, 2019 at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

Ms. Reclynes Dela Cerna, NAPC Visayas Operations Unit Deputy Head welcomed the participants with an encouragement that NAPC is very much open to all of their suggestions on the draft IRR of RA No.11291 or the Magna Carta of the Poor.

Meanwhile, DILG Region 6 LGMED Assistant Director Mr. Rene D. Ato gave a keynote speech on behalf of Western Visayas DILG Regional Director Engr. Ariel O. Iglesia,CESO IV. He expressed his optimism that the consultation will be very productive and he also urged the CSOs to voice out their opinions, comments and suggestions to be incorporated in the IRR.

Then, Mr. Conrado Generoso, NAPC-LACMS Consultant discussed the real concept of progressive realization and sought for change of mindset regarding poverty from a social problem into an economic problem that requires economic solution.

After that, Mr, Sonny Afable from NAPC Research Unit presented the significant features of the MCP and its draft IRR. This was followed by an open forum facilitated by Mr. Rolando Reyes, NAPC-LACMS Focal Person for Region 6.

Some of the issues, concerns and suggestions of the participants include:

- To ensure that MCP will be realized and it will be implemented at the grassroot level.
- There must be sanction for non-compliance stipulated in the IRR.
- The MCP shall not be used by the LGUs as political tool and its transparency to the public must be put in place.
- In the identification of MCP beneficiaries, there should be people going down to the grassroots level and not just base on the reports of the LGUs.
- There must proper monitoring of poverty reduction programs in the country.
- Do not just feed the people, teach them how to fish and do not just give them fish.
- Request for MCP offices in all regions, provinces and towns to give the people a direct access to the Office of the President.
- Indigenous Peoples were given less priority and were just being used by some people in the government.