(The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)

Section 11

The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all people at affordable cost.  There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children.  The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers.

Section 12

The State shall establish and maintain an effective food and drug regulatory system and undertake appropriate health manpower development and research, responsive to the country's health needs and problems.

Section 13

The State shall establish a special agency for disabled persons for rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance, and their integration into the mainstream of society.

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