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'Record-low' number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor in Q1 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Based on the results of the March 2019 SWS survey, 9.5 million families consider themselves poor, down from 11.6 million families in December 2018

URBAN POOR. An elder brother cooks food for his siblings near their shelter along NIA Road in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit

Kaka Bag-ao: Poverty, inequality are the 'enemies' in Dinagat Islands

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:50 PM

'Laban ito para ipakita sa kanila na iyong kahirapan...hindi iyan normal,' says Dinagat Islands Governor-elect Kaka Bag-ao

Budget delay kept 420,000 Filipinos poor – economic team

May 27, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the budget impasse showed 'how politicking could harm people'

COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding

Northern Mindanao economy grows to 7% in 2018

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Together with the prosperity, poverty incidence in the region also dipped to 25% from 35% in 2017

[ANALYSIS] How the TRAIN law worsened poverty, inequality

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward

[ANALYSIS] How well are we measuring PH poverty?

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines

[ANALYSIS] On poverty lines and counting the poor

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:27 AM

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.

[OPINION] Game of poverty

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'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'

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Philippine poverty incidence down in first half of 2018

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The government attributes the dip in poverty incidence to sustained economic growth and reforms

Mangyan mothers learn farming skills to help community be self-sufficient

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:08 PM

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

FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR. A Mangyan mother checks the organic vegetables that are ready for picking in time for the Harvest Festival in Naujan, Mindoro. Photo from ZEP 2030

[OPINION] Poverty and the 'trapos'

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive

Mangudadatu refutes study linking poverty, political dynasties in Mindanao

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Other senatorial candidates who come from political families – JV Ejercito and Francis Tolentino – have opposing views on creating a law to ban dynasties

Rep. Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu of 2nd District of Maguindanao at a Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, on Friday, August 24, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[ANALYSIS] Why the free tuition law is not pro-poor enough

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Its costs are borne mainly by poor and middle-class Filipinos

Senate approves bill on Magna Carta of the Poor

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Senate Bill No. 2121 seeks to address hunger and ensure that the poor will have full and equal access to basic services

ALLEVIATE POVERTY. The Senate approves on Tuesday, January 29 a measure seeking to create government programs to alleviate poverty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Filipino families considered themselves poor in 2018 – survey

Jan 12, 2019 - 7:15 PM

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

POVERTY RATE. Self-rated poverty among Filipino families declines in December 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DSWD seeks P2.7 billion for new Listahanan

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DSWD's Listahanan helps the government and other groups to focus poverty reduction efforts on those who need assistance most

TARGETED ASSISTANCE. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte names new NAPC lead convenor, PCUP chairman

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:21 PM

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.

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'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.'

Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day – World Bank

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:35 PM

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'

FAST FACTS: How poor do Filipinos rate themselves?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Here’s how poor or hungry Filipinos have perceived themselves to be through the years

Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila on March 22, 2016.  Roughly one quarter of the nation's 100 million people live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on about one US dollar a day, according to government data. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Persistent high inflation may slow down poverty reduction – World Bank

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:01 PM

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

Duterte's drug war pushes victims' families deeper into poverty

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'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

[OPINION] Like a disease, poverty requires cure and prevention

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Our roadmap must include a serious reexamination of data on vulnerability, which pertains to the risk of future poverty

Rappler Talk: Liza Maza on obstacles to true change

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Newly resigned Liza Maza speaks to Rappler about her time as a member of the Duterte Cabinet

Liza Maza resigns as anti-poverty commission chief

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(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

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More protection, attention to social pension for poor elderly Filipinos

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:30 PM

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

Not enough? A beneficiary's take on Robredo's Metro Laylayan

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:44 PM

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

Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Urban poor leader Ronald Lumbao dies

Jun 16, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Ronald Lumbao, former leader of Philippine Movement Against Poverty, dies of heart attack

URBAN POOR LEADER. Ronald Lumbao, former President of Peoples' Movement Against Poverty, dies. Photo from Lumbao's Facebook page

How much does a family in the PH need to live decently?

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Socioeconomic Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon says the agency only knows about Filipinos' aspirations – which would cost a family around P120,000 a month

POVERTY. Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] Scrapping 4Ps program doesn't make sense

Jun 02, 2018 - 5:30 PM

We argue against going after a program that has concretely shown positive impact on the lives of 4.4 million poor households

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May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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PH economy growing but poverty still high – World Bank

May 30, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'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

REDUCE POVERTY. World Bank Program Leader for human development Gabriel Demombynes and Senior Economist Xubei Luo give a general assessment of the poverty situation in the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

'Sponge boy': 13 years of selling dish cleaners pays off

May 27, 2018 - 3:16 PM

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.

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

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

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The persistence of blaming the poor

May 07, 2018 - 4:15 PM

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

1.2 million Filipinos join Iglesia ni Cristo walk vs poverty

May 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(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

WALK VS POVERTY. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos flock to Roxas Boulevard for the Iglesia ni Cristo's Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty on May 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of PIO SPD

Self-rated hunger in PH returns to downward trend at 9.9%

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

The March 2018 numbers show significant improvement after a spike in the December 2017 survey, where self-rated hunger was 15.9%

POVERTY. A man living under the Estero de Vitas bridge washes clothes at his home in Tondo in Manila on July 16, 2017. The Philippine economy has sustained one of the fastest growth rates in Asia, official data showed on May 18, 2017 which analysts said signalled strong economic leadership from President Rodrigo Duterte even as he wages a deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Jesus' suffering in the world's peripheries

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Love is the redeeming reason for Jesus' suffering

NAPC's Liza Maza to DOJ: CPP-NPA not terrorists

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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

WITHDRAW. NAPC Lead Convenor Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw their petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

With rising inflation, NEDA calls for measures to help the poor

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the government 'must pay closer attention to the poor,' as inflation hits a new 3-year high

Inflation seen to continue hitting poor Filipinos hard

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:21 AM

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

A vendor sells vegetables at a market near an informal settlers area in Manila on February 16, 2011. Rising food prices have pushed about 44 million people into poverty in developing countries since last June, the World Bank warned February 15. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Licuanan proud of leveling opportunities in public, private education

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:09 PM

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.

LICUANAN's LEGACY. Former chairperson Patricia Licuanan talks to Rappler about what she believes is her legacy in CHED. File by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poverty not an excuse to get into drugs – DDB chief Cuy

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:33 PM

'Hindi justification 'yun to be involved in drugs, just because you say na poor ka o walang ibang income,' says DDB chief Catalino Cuy

NOT VALID. DDB chief Catalino Cuy says poor Filipinos involved in drugs can turn to their government for rehabilitation that leads to employment. Rappler screengrab

Poor families to get P200 tax reform subsidy starting January

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:25 PM

A total of 10 million families would benefit from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) scheme, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development

INFORMAL SECTOR. The tax reform initiative will hit vendors and small-scare independent traders the hardest. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NAPC's Liza Maza says federalism alone won’t solve poverty

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

'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

REFORM AGENDA. The National Anti-Poverty Commission launches a proposal to reform the current Philippine anti-poverty policies. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

'Beggars can't be choosers': Netizens assess P200 monthly grant to poor families

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:41 PM

While some netizens find P200 too meager, others say the poor have no right to complain

Fresh unrest in Tunisia after death at price rise demos

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:51 AM

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

FACE OFF. Tunisian protesters clash with security forces in the town of Tebourba on January 9, 2018, following the funeral of a man who was killed the previous day in a demonstration over rising costs and government austerity. Fethi Belaid/AFP