State Policies

(The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)

Section 7

The State shall pursue an independent foreign policy.  In its relations with other states the paramount consideration shall be national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right to self-determination.

Section 8

The Philippines, consistent with the national interest, adopts and pursues a policy of freedom from nuclear weapons in its territory.

Section 9

The State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.

Section 10

The State shall promote social justice in all phases of national development.

Section 11

The State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights.

Section 12

The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution.  It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.  The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.

Section 13

The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.  It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.

Section 14

The State recognizes the role of women in nation-building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.

Section 15

The State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.

Section 16

The State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.

Section 17

The State shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.

Section 18

The State affirms labor as a primary social economic force.  It shall protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare.

Section 19

The State shall develop a self-reliant and independent national economy effectively controlled by Filipinos.