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DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Honesty prevails as parking boy returns cash to owner

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Andrey Macabuhay returns P7 000 to owner Dindo Lorenzo who dropped the bundle of money at a parking lot

HONEST BOY. Andrey Macabuhay is now famous as the "honest parking boy" from Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Dindo Lorenzo

1 in 4 drug users in PH unemployed – NAPC study

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:04 PM

A study by the National Anti Poverty Commission based on statistics provided by the Dangerous Drug Board also shows majority of those using illegal drugs belong to the poor sector

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Growing old in PH margins: Gutom, malasakit, at diskarte

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Philippines’ older adult population is faced with issues that transcend desires for self actualization as it combats the threats of food insecurity house tenure and health care inaccessibility

Mindanaoan youth: 'We want just and lasting peace'

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The youth leaders from Mindanao want to be part of the process in making just and lasting peace in Mindanao a reality

PEACE SYMBOL. Young Mindanaoans form a human peace symbol, sending a message that despite the conflict they experience in their region, they continue to stand for peace in their homeland. All photos from the National Youth Commission

Anti-poverty chief calls to stop mining operations in Lumad lands

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:49 PM

National Anti Poverty Commission secretary Liza Maza issues the statement in time of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

IP RIGHTS. August 9 marks the National Indigenous People’s Day and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Photo by Carl Cesar Rebuta/LRC

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feel good city greeting the world at the Olympics in 2016

DILAPIDATED. Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

WATCH: Robredo’s ‘laylayan’ tour reaches Navotas

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Robredo is expected to tour other less fortunate areas in Metro Manila to provide livelihood assistance to Filipinos

Rappler Talk: NAPC chief on Duterte administration's anti-poverty priorities

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:30 PM

National Anti Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz on Monday July 17 Watch the interview here

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Why development work is more than just the numbers

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Development and aid workers should realize that in our effort to provide solutions to poverty we always give face to these numbers

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

Mr President, before signing the law on free college tuition, please read this

Jul 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The bill passed by Congress to provide free tuition in public colleges and universities might result in poor families subsidizing students from richer families

K to 12 under Duterte administration faces new challenges

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:58 PM

2017 marks the second year of the full implementation of the K to 12 program and the first year that Grade 12 will be rolled out nationwide

JOINT OPENING. In this file photo, then Education Secretary Armin Luistro (right) and incoming Education Secretary Leonor Briones visit the K to 12 students of Commonwealth High School in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte's 1st year an 'eye opener' for Catholic Church

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It appears that our pastoral education for people has not been enough That s why for them it seems okay to kill to eliminate the problem of illegal drugs

'MANO PO.' President Rodrigo Duterte places his forehead on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's hand as a traditional form of respect during a meeting in the Palace on July 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Ending contractualization needs 2 urgent actions from Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Labor representatives urge the President to sign an executive order and then certify as urgent the bills pending with the Senate and the House

ENDO. Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an end to contractualization. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

I’m not from one of the best schools. So what?

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:15 AM

No one should be discriminated against on the basis of what he or she has achieved because most of the time achievements are made possible by opportunities which not a lot of us have

Labor groups protest 'one failed year' under Duterte

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Labor groups hold a protest rally in Quezon City and raise 6 promises that President Rodrigo Duterte has made to workers but has yet to fulfill

FAILURE. Various of labor groups hold a protest rally on the government's failure to address the needs of workers as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year in office on Friday, June 30. Photo by Darren Langit

Duterte's coco levy promise: It's time to 'force the issue with Congress'

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:32 PM

During the campaign President Duterte vowed to return the coconut levy fund to poor farmers within his first 100 days Congressmen are getting in the way

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. After a year in office, the promise remains just that. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte ‘held nation together’ but missed campaign vows – Lagman

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Another opposition lawmaker Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the President is too preoccupied with the drug war that he forgets his other promises

FATHER OF THE NATION. President Rodrigo Dutere attends as guest of honor during the 140th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

What happens when police get basic understanding of drug addiction?

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

When cops learn about the effects of drugs on users mental health they are kind with the mentally ill they refer them correctly for rehabilitation

File photo of police officers from Rappler

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an understanding that other countries had in the 1970s says a psychologist

Nearly 50,000 workers regularized during Duterte’s first year

Jun 27, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Data from the Bureau of Working Conditions show 48 116 of the regularizations were results of efforts done in 2016; the 1 277 were from the 2017 assessments

NO ENDO. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on Labor Day, May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How the Duterte administration is fast-tracking Yolanda recovery

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has criticized the past government for the slow rehab of Eastern Visayas What happens when he tells agencies he is getting impatient?

FAST-TRACKED. President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted Yolanda relief efforts to be finished by the end of 2017.

Development under Duterte: Why he can't fail Mindanao's youth

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda is an attempt to secure the future of the region Conflict and corruption however are getting in the way

P100B a year: Can Duterte gov't build enough homes for informal settlers?

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The administration s aim is not only to build homes for the poor but to build them within urban centers It s a challenge on which past governments failed

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

1 in 5 children in developed world in relative poverty – UN

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:45 PM

A report from UNICEF also finds that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the world for people aged 15 to 19

Unpaid wages leave Filipino workers stranded in Qatar

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM

For the workers stranded in the labor camps reforms and resolutions cannot come fast enough

The workers check the documents to be sent to court. They haven't been paid since January 2017. They stopped working and filed the case expecting the company to pay their salary and the tickets back home. Doha, Qatar - May 21, 2017.

FAST FACTS: Poverty in Mindanao

May 28, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Decades of armed conflict have hampered development in Mindanao where most of the Philippines poorest regions are located

Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence

May 27, 2017 - 5:16 PM

There s no point in praying and fasting when a neighbor goes hungry says a fast food restaurant owner in Tripoli

RAMADAN STARTS. A butcher cuts meat for clients at a market in the center of the capital Tripoli, as the faithful prepare for the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, on May 25, 2017. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

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

Japan's Crown Prince opens 50th ADB meeting: Prioritize poverty reduction

May 06, 2017 - 11:30 AM

There are still over 300 million people living in poverty in this region and poverty reduction through sustainable and inclusive growth remains an important agenda to us says the Crown Prince

ROYAL REMARKS. Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivers a speech at the opening session of the Board of Governors at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on May 6, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Labor groups urge Duterte to sign EO vs contractualization

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Labor groups urge President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his promise to end contractualization in time for Labor Day on May 1

Why poverty is not a choice

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

There are lessons that unpack for us how unsophisticated blaming the poor is

Traffic, crime, passport: Which Southeast Asian country has it worst?

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Which country in ASEAN has the worst traffic? Which has the most powerful passport? Which nation is considered the most corrupt? The statistics may surprise you

Rappler Talk: Kadamay's #OccupyPabahay: Anarchy or just cause?

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

MovePH Rappler s civic engagement arm talks to Kadamay secretary general Carlito Badion and Sayreen Grapinag one of the occupiers who was recently freed from detention

Surviving poverty and conflict in Northern Samar

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:06 PM

A young humanitarian shares her experience that reminded her how so much more needs to be done to put an end to the armed conflicts in the Philippines and to improve the quality of life of Filipinos

STRUGGLE ON THE ROAD. These two men struggle to bring their abaca to the town market. It has been raining for days and they need the income, so they risked the trip.

Can conglomerates foster inclusive development in PH?

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The country faces a dilemma in development as it strives to achieve growth and progress amid distress and poverty

DILEMMA. The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies despite having the third highest poverty incident rate in ASEAN.

Once PH's poorest, town literally draws path out of poverty

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Siayan Zamboanga del Norte was once the Philippines poorest municipality But 7 years ago the town came together and literally drew a plan for their future

WELCOME. The entry to the town of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, 120 kilometers southwest of Dipolog City. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Asia must spend $26-T on infrastructure by 2030 – ADB

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:06 PM

UPDATED The lender says governments in some of the poorest countries in the world should invest in everything from transport telecommunications power and water and sanitation

A bird's eye view of two buildings under construction in Manila on November 17, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Palace cites pro-poor programs as VP urges 'war on poverty'

Feb 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM

I think it would help the Vice President if she really looks and listens in the right places Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

PRO-POOR. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella cites the Duterte administration's pro-poor programs after Vice President Leni Robredo called for a 'war on poverty.' File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

NEDA Board approves dev't plan, vows 'inclusive growth' under Duterte

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Through the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 the Duterte administration aims to boost GDP growth to 7 8 and reduce the overall poverty rate to 14 in 6 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Malacañang Photo

WATCH: Teaching urban poor kids the value of education

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:20 PM

From 40 nursery scholars Project PEARLS now supports 500 elementary and high school students from Tondo Manila

TRANSFORMED. Juvi Ann is an example of the impact Project PEARLS has had on the Ulingan community. Photo courtesy of Project PEARLS

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit

Economic managers: Tuition-free policy in SUCs to benefit 'non-poor' students

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia are pushing for fully funding the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education UniFAST instead

'FUND UNIFAST'. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia issue a joint position paper on the tuition-free policy. Dominguez file photo from Joel Liporada/Rappler; Diokno and Pernia file photos from Malacañang

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Leftist Cabinet members: Continue peace talks for benefit of the poor

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

It is the welfare of the Filipinos in their millions that is at the core of the peace negotiations reads a joint statement from Rafael Mariano Judy Taguiwalo and Liza Maza

Low social rank bigger health risk than obesity – study

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:40 AM

People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top according to a large scale study

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.

CHED task force finishes crafting rules of tuition-free policy

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:05 PM

We will conduct a comprehensive information campaign to ensure that deserving students have the chance to benefit from this game changing policy in higher education says CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan

UP file photo from Wikimedia commons