Rappler's latest stories on poverty
It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines
Let us not focus on the trees and not see the forest. We have to get our act together and adopt a whole-of-nation approach to ensure that no Filipino will be in poverty by 2030 or even 2040.
'Poverty has become so normalized that society tends to believe that the only solution to get out from it is hard work – as if being poor is the lack of an individual’s will to get out from poverty'
The government attributes the dip in poverty incidence to sustained economic growth and reforms
The Mangyans, an indigenous group living on the island of Mindoro, see the fruits of their labor with the help of Zero Extreme Poverty 2030
Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive
Other senatorial candidates who come from political families – JV Ejercito and Francis Tolentino – have opposing views on creating a law to ban dynasties
Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos
Senate Bill No. 2121 seeks to address hunger and ensure that the poor will have full and equal access to basic services
Results of a Social Weather Stations survey show that the average self-poverty rate in 2018 was at 48%, up by two percentage points from 2017
The DSWD's Listahanan helps the government and other groups to focus poverty reduction efforts on those who need assistance most
Noel Felongco will head the National Anti-Poverty Commission, while Alvin Feliciano takes over the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Charmalou Aldevera is also appointed assistant secretary at the Office of the President.
'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'
According to the report, the number of poor worldwide is still 'unacceptably high,' while the fruits of economic growth are 'shared unevenly across regions and countries'
Here’s how poor or hungry Filipinos have perceived themselves to be through the years
World Bank Senior Economist Rong Quan says high inflation is hitting the poor harder as food and transport account for two-thirds of their expenses
'Isang kahig, isang tuka ang mga pamilya ng mga biktima. Mas lalo pa itong lumala nang napatay ang primary breadwinner,' says PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Simbulan
Our roadmap must include a serious reexamination of data on vulnerability, which pertains to the risk of future poverty
Newly resigned Liza Maza speaks to Rappler about her time as a member of the Duterte Cabinet
(UPDATED) NAPC Secretary Liza Maza says she is resigning to protest the cancellation of peace talks with communists and the return to power of the Marcoses
The number of senior citizens, which has grown from 6.3 million in 2010 to 7.6 million in 2015, is expected to reach 11.7 million by 2025, and 22.6 million in 2045
A year after the implementation of program, a 53-year-old beneficiary shares her views on the Metro Laylayan livelihood program of Vice President Leni Robredo
Ronald Lumbao, former leader of Philippine Movement Against Poverty, dies of heart attack
Socioeconomic Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon says the agency only knows about Filipinos' aspirations – which would cost a family around P120,000 a month
We argue against going after a program that has concretely shown positive impact on the lives of 4.4 million poor households
Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon
'Despite the generally good economic performance, poverty remains high and the pace of poverty reduction has been slow,' says the World Bank in its latest report on poverty in the Philippines
Melvin Chua was 9 years old when he started selling dish sponges to send himself to school. He now works at a multinational company in posh Bonifacio Global City.
The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida
Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
In a highly stratified society like ours, what we need to argue about is whether the success of the few have been achieved at the expense of the many
(3rd UPDATE) Iglesia ni Cristo says it bagged a new Guinness record for the largest human sentence during its Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty along Roxas Boulevard
The March 2018 numbers show significant improvement after a spike in the December 2017 survey, where self-rated hunger was 15.9%
NAPC's Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw the petition tagging CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization, which formally ended Duterte's romance with the Left
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the government 'must pay closer attention to the poor,' as inflation hits a new 3-year high
Dennis Mapa, dean of the UP Diliman School of Statistics, also says the P200 monthly subsidy for poor Filipino households is not enough to offset the impact of the tax reform law
Many of the first batch of scholars in state universities and colleges graduated with honors. It shows that 'talent and intelligence is normally distributed, but opportunity is not,' former CHED Patricia Licuanan says.
'Hindi justification 'yun to be involved in drugs, just because you say na poor ka o walang ibang income,' says DDB chief Catalino Cuy
A total of 10 million families would benefit from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) scheme, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development
'If we will not fix our policies and the mechanisms of addressing the issue of poverty, it will remain to be a big problem,' says National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza
While some netizens find P200 too meager, others say the poor have no right to complain
Tunisia has seen several days of protests after activists and politicians denounce hikes in value-added tax and social contributions introduced at the start of the year as a tough new budget is implemented
Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda
(UPDATED) The interior minister warns protesters will 'pay the price' as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009
Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.
Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.
Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is in Davao City to formally launch the Duterte administration’s Biyaya ng Pagbabago Program on Saturday, December 9
Once the moratorium is lifted, around 48,000 additional families may be accepted into the anti-poverty program