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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

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Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

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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

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