The National Anti-Poverty Commission conducted a regional consultation on the formulation of Republic Act No. 11291 known as the Magna Carta of the Poor (MCP) Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) with around 560 Local Government Units (LGUs) representatives in Eastern Visayas on October 28, 2019 at Leyte Academic Center.
Palo Municipal Councilor and SB Committee Chair on Social Services Mr, Felipe Ygrubay,Jr. delivered a keynote message on behalf of Palo Municipal Mayor Frances Ann Petilla. He mentioned that the law was passed to uplift the lives of the less fortunate Filipinos and stressed that some say it is impossible to fight poverty, so if we can’t stop it at least we mitigate it.
Then, Mr. Dario Cubelo from NAPC-OHEA presented NAPC’s briefer and rationale followed by Mr. Jake Sabdao from NAPC- Research Unit who presented the salient features of the MCP and its draft IRR.
An open forum was facilitated which resulted to the following issues and concerns raised by the participating LGUs:
- The template to be used for reporting and monitoring.
- The National Poverty Reduction Plan (NPRP) to be included in the Seal of Good Local Governance
- The system in the local level to attain passive and progressive realization.
- To tally the CBMIS data in every barangay with CBMS
- The process of determining the poor and who will identify and approve the beneficiaries of MCP
- The absence of sustainability of programs due to lack of focus
- The accessibility of Talambayan, to the LGUs.
The next day, October 29, NAPC will hold the same activity as an avenue for the Civil Society Organizations in Region 8 to voice out their comments and suggestions on the draft MCP IRR.