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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

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

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

Firecracker ban, Tropical Depression Agaton, New Year in New York | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Iran cuts social media access as unrest turns deadly

Dec 31, 2017 - 8:02 PM

(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

PROTESTS. Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Stringer/AFP

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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.

[OPINION] Economic hardship in the time of Duterte: Here’s the data

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

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.

Duterte grassroots movement targets to bring down poverty rate to 14%

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is in Davao City to formally launch the Duterte administration’s Biyaya ng Pagbabago Program on Saturday, December 9

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco (right) explains the Duterte government's efforts to bring economic benefits to the grassroots in a press conference in Davao City on December 8, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

DSWD eyes lifting moratorium on 4Ps application before Christmas

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Once the moratorium is lifted, around 48,000 additional families may be accepted into the anti-poverty program

MORATORIUM. The Department of Social Welfare and Development eyes to lift the moratorium on accepting new 4Ps beneficiaries before Christmas.

Filipino families who consider themselves poor rise to 10.9M

Dec 02, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey show that as of September, 47% of Filipino families rated themselves as poor, up by 3 percentage points from June

POVERTY RATE. Self-rated poverty among Filipino families rises in September 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope slams 'indifference' on 1st 'World Day for the Poor'

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Pope Francis urges people not to ignore poverty by believing that 'it's not my business, it's the fault of society'

'END POVERTY.' Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Southeast Asia's poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The report notes, however, that extreme poverty in the region dropped to 7% as of 2013 from a high of 17% in 2005

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

PH to receive $366M dev’t loan from ADB, France

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The loan is intended for inclusive growth programs with target disbursement late this year or early next year, says the Department of Finance

[OPINION] World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:21 PM

As disasters compete for our attention, they make it harder for people in poor, marginalized and war-torn regions to access adequate food

IMPOVERISHED. In this file photo, Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP

Mapua students develop stove that also lights up homes

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:19 PM

Bathala, a stove that converts released heat energy to electrical energy while cooking, also provides light to indigenous peoples' homes

FIRE-SAW. Dumagats demonstrate how they create fire by rubbing two pieces of bamboo. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Redirecting TRAIN against inequality

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Channeling resources toward sectors and regions with many economically disconnected poor and low-income Filipinos will allow tax reform to bring about inclusive growth

'The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak'

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Throughout the years... the Philippines has never expressed collectively, in its Constitution or any other legal instrument, that our strength as a nation depends on how we look after the weakest part of it'

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