It is with utmost respect that we ask your office to initiate the process towards the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) by putting the presidential seal on the said document. Your signature and the eventual ratification of this instrument will enhance the recognition, protection and fulfillment of these entitlements of the Filipino people.
The root causes of civil-political rights violations in our country such as torture, extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances are due to state’s neglect to fulfill the basic standard in the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights. Rights are trampled upon every time informal settlers are evicted without due process, farmers are harassed and killed while fighting for lands, indigenous peoples’ duped into giving their consent to mining, and laborers forced to accept restricted and unsecured working arrangements. And as they exercise to defend their rights, as history shown, state agents respond with extreme prejudice and impunity.
We believe that signing the OPICESCR will further manifest your commitment to your Social Contract with the Filipino People because this will signify that your administration recognizes that food, education, health, housing, and employment are not mere needs but basic rights of our people. This will demonstrate that you are intent on urgently fulfilling these entitlements in terms of policies, budgetary allocations and actual programs on the ground.
We recognize that our country’s problems are gargantuan and complex and these will not be solved by the mere signing of this instrument, but this will aid all of us, especially your administration, in crafting policies and setting priorities to address hunger and poverty and to steer us through your tuwid na daan.
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This will strengthen recognition, protection and fulfillment of economic, social, and cultural rights such as housing, education, food, health and right to work in the Philippines.