Philippine poverty
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Manila to relocate 7,000 families in esteros

May 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Manila city government is looking into reclaiming a portion of Manila Bay for its housing project with China s Shanghai Nanjiang Group

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Pagcor income to augment NAPC funds

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The budget will be used for NAPC s pilot anti poverty programs and the services of national government agencies that need more funding

CONTRACTUALS. Workers are given the option to reapply to the National Anti-Poverty Commission after lead convenor Liza Maza sacked them in early September.

DSWD implements free medicine program for indigents in 5 regions

Jan 03, 2017 - 10:18 PM

The DSWD announces on January 3 that it has started providing medical assistance for the poor with funding from President Rodrigo Duterte s Social Fund

No poor Filipino by 2040: Can Duterte gov't set the stage?

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Our emphasis now is to shift the focus to the rural areas to agriculture because that is where the poverty has been chronic says chief economist Ernesto Pernia

NEDA: Poverty incidence could fall with full implementation of RH law

Nov 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The poverty incidence could fall to 13 15 in 2022 from 21 6 in 2015 This estimate also assumes continued economic growth which NEDA expects to remain on track for the 3rd quarter of 2016

New poverty data: Is poverty falling fast enough?

Oct 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Over the course of almost a decade we ve seen a yearly reduction of the number of poor people by just 80 000 per year

NEDA: 1.4 million less poor Filipinos in 2015 than in 2009

Oct 27, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines poverty incidence for 2015 declines to 21 6 compared with 26 3 in 2009

Beyond the first 100 days: What other ‘wars’ can we focus on?

Oct 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Perhaps it’s time for us to initiate the policy process from below – for the people to articulate the policies they would like the Duterte government to act on

DSWD opens livelihood programs to non-4P families

Oct 15, 2016 - 10:24 AM

DSWD Secretary Taguiwalo s announcement comes after a recent Social Weather Station s survey revealed 42 of Filipinos rated themselves as poor

CURBING POVERTY. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that the self-rated poverty of Filipinos at 42% is a record-low. Rappler file photo

COA finds P1.25B in unused cash grants for 4Ps beneficiaries

Aug 03, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Nearly 3 million payroll accounts for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries have idle balances amounting to a total of P1 25 billion

RED FLAG. The Commission on Audit found that there's a total of P1 billion worth of cash grants that remained idle in over 2 million accounts supposedly for 4Ps beneficiaries

Agrarian reform chief 'Ka Paeng': Hope for the farmers

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

From peasant leader to agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano is now on the other side of the fence Will he make a difference?

KA PAENG. Activist Rafael Mariano receives the Department of Agrarian Reform flag from outgoing Secretary Virgilio Reyes. Photo from DAR's Facebook Page

NAPC failed to adopt anti-poverty policies under Aquino – Maza

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Anti poverty policies based on recommendations of sectoral groups could have been adopted if NAPC officials met en banc says new NAPC chief Liza Maza

STILL A PROBLEM. One out of five Filipinos remain to be poor based on recent data by the National Anti Poverty Commission. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Duterte's 1st EO: Simpler, faster anti-poverty services

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:52 PM

12 agencies are placed under the supervision of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who will have the power to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and streamline them

'RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace on June 30, 2016

President Aquino: A reign of contradictions

Apr 02, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Boosters will claim that the economy is doing well Cynics and critics immediately disagree of course The portrait however is not black and white – it looks more grayish in color

'Make fisheries an election issue' – fisherfolk leaders

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:41 PM

As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored

ELECTION ISSUE. PANGISDA President Pablo Rosales said that support for fisheries should be an election issue. Photo by Stephanie Ilacad/Rappler

Leni Robredo: Expand feeding programs, create Food Council

Jan 19, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The vice presidential bet proposes an expanded feeding program with food sourced from the country s poorest farmers

APEC: Special lanes for whom?

Nov 14, 2015 - 10:47 PM

There was a time before APEC and before the era of globalization that people s lives got better even if slowly and sometimes haltingly and economic policy was not so methodical in supporting corporate profits and swelling oligarchic wealth

#TheLeaderIWant: Committed to zero hunger and good governance

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Aspiring leaders should be critically examined for their commitment to end poverty and hunger among their constituents says the National Food Coalition

More children in PH at risk of losing parental care

Aug 30, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Children who need closer attention include: child drug couriers underage victims of cybersex teenage mothers and their kids children of indigenous people and children with disabilities

Where is money to fight poverty going?

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:42 PM

By letting communities decide what projects to implement DSWD s anti poverty program aims to empower the poorest Filipinos for inclusive growth

US migrant returns, gives back to PH students

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:49 AM

All of us are part of this fight for a better Philippines Be involved and engaged in what’s happening in our country Josh Mahinay urges other OFWs

Rappler Talk: Ending hunger and poverty in the Philippines

Jun 29, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Rappler talked to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the World Food Programme on Monday June 29 about the impact and importance of hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation programs in the Philippines

Steep prices, Yolanda hike PH poverty incidence in H1 2014

Mar 06, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The country s per capita income increased by 6 4 in the first half of 2014 over 2013 but this gain was eroded by very high food prices says NEDA

POOR AND HOMELESS. Makeshift tents for poor families that have lost everything due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by EPA

How conflict can lead to food insecurity and hunger

Feb 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Decades long conflict between the forces of the government and groups like the MILF and MNLF leave a huge part of Mindanao in poverty

Were street families hidden from the Pope?

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

About 400 individuals from street families under the DSWD s MCCT program in Malate are brought to a resort in Nasugbu Batangas during the papal visit

CHILDREN. Pope Francis meeting children at an event in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP

Show us the Pope, people tell Church, government

Jan 16, 2015 - 2:34 PM

He should meet the people before anything else those who have not gotten a glimpse of the Pope say

WATCHING, WAITING. Unable to get close enough, Filipino Catholics watch the papal Mass from afar. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Marching coconut farmers seek audience with Aquino

Nov 17, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The coconut farmers are more than half way done with their 71 day 1 750 kilometer journey Will Aquino face them in Malacañang?

Conditional cash transfer program to cover street families

Oct 27, 2014 - 11:09 PM

The government s flagship poverty alleviation program used to benefit only permanent residents of impoverished areas Now it will cover those who move from place to place or who live in cemeteries for example

Fighting for dignity in Tambakan

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:15 PM

In a land that did not exist informal settlers of Malabon fight to be recognized

ADB: Specter of inequality to haunt strong PH economy

Sep 25, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Economists at the multilateral financial institution pose a challenge to the Philippines: how can the robust economy give back to the jobless and the poor?

PH 'likely' to meet education, infant mortality MDGs

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

But a year before the deadline the country is losing the fight to lessen maternal deaths

PH poverty incidence on downward trend – NEDA

Apr 29, 2014 - 4:04 PM

NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan says reduced poverty incidence in the first half of 2013 indicates that current development strategies are leading to inclusive growth

Millions to remain in poverty as gov't revises target

Mar 18, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Economic growth has been strong but it has failed to lift as many people out of poverty as expected

POOR AND HOMELESS. Makeshift tents for poor families that have lost everything due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by EPA

EU gives P540M to help PH solve human rights cases

Jul 10, 2013 - 7:30 PM

The joint reform program will help the PH government address violations of human rights such as extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances

Supporters of Escalante re-electionist Mayor Melecio "Beboy" Yap also hold a prayer rally, about 250 meters away from the place where the march rally participants gathered for a program. Photo by Gilbert Bayoran

Rappler Newscast | July 5, 2013

Jul 05, 2013 - 7:59 PM

Chinese general calls PH a ‘troublemaker PH gov embarks on plan to lift 10 mil out of poverty Vatican: Pope John Paul II and John XXIII to become saints

PH plans to lift millions out of poverty

Jul 05, 2013 - 6:17 PM

Despite achieving the highest economic growth rate in Asia the Philippines still fails to make an impact on poverty prompting the government to recalibrate

RICH-POOR DIVIDE. There are more than 25 million currently live in poverty. A small number of families dominating politics and business. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

MAP: The poorest provinces in PH

Apr 27, 2013 - 6:30 AM

There are 16 provinces that have 40 of their population living below the poverty threshold

No reason to doubt poverty stats - NSCB

Apr 25, 2013 - 7:37 PM

NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert stands by the official poverty statistics that President Aquino questions

Aquino doubts official poverty numbers

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21 PM

President Aquino says bloated population numbers in 2009 may not make it comparable with the 2012 poverty data

NSCB: Many Pinoys remain poor due to disasters

Apr 23, 2013 - 8:45 PM

The agency says disasters caused over P19 8 billion in damage in 2011 H1 2012

Many poor in PH? NSCB cites dismal agri sector

Apr 12, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Despite their numbers and importance to daily life in the country agriculture based workers receive the lowest salaries and wages in the Philippines

POOREST PINOYS. The poor performance of the agriculture sector keeps farmers and fisherfolk poor. Photo by AFP

Poor Filipinos not only income poor

Mar 30, 2013 - 2:10 PM

The poor in the Philippines are also deprived of access to health education and decent standards of living

LEVELS OF POVERTY. The poor in the Philippines are not only income poor but also suffer from deprivations in health and education. Photo by Rappler/John Javellana

Govt postpones poverty data release

Mar 28, 2013 - 12:39 PM

The government says it could release the 2012 poverty data by the second or third quarter of 2013

PUSHED BACK. The national government has pushed back the release of the country's official 2012 poverty data. Photo by Rappler/John Javellana

Aquino vetoes Magna Carta for the poor

Mar 25, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Lawmakers slam him for being elitist

High-rise construction provides a contrasting background for the shanties in Metro Manila.

PH shows no improvement in HDI ranking

Mar 15, 2013 - 12:02 PM

The Philippines fails to improve its human development ranking

STILL POOR. Filipino families resort to begging on the streets. Photo by AFP

How much does a family need to stay out of poverty?

Feb 10, 2013 - 2:15 PM

A family of five in the country may need around P258 96 per day to keep out of poverty

POVERTY STRICKEN. Poor families resort to begging in the streets just to survive. Photo by AFP

More Pinoy families say they are poor

Jan 14, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Some 10 9 million families say they are poor last December up from 9 5 million families in August

'PH at risk of prolonged low wages, high unemployment'

Sep 13, 2012 - 3:04 PM

The Philippines is at risk of experiencing prolonged low wages and high unemployment due to weak global trade says Unctad

PH may fail to reduce poverty by half in 3 yrs

Sep 03, 2012 - 7:36 PM

The Philippines may find it difficult to halve poverty to 16 6 by 2015 from 33 1 in 1991