Article XIV:

The Family

(The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)

Section 1

The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation.  Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.

Section 2

Marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the State.

Section 3

The State shall defend :

  1. The right of spouses to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions and the demands of responsible parenthood;
  2. The right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development;
  3. The right of the family to a family living wage and income; and
  4. The right of families or family associations to participate in the planning and implementation of policies and programs that affect them.
Section 4

The family has the duty to care for its elderly members but the State may also do so through just programs of social security.