poverty Philippines - updates

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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

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

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

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.

DSWD implements free medicine program for indigents in 5 regions

Jan 03, 2017 - 10:18 PM

The DSWD announces on January 3 that it has started providing medical assistance for the poor with funding from President Rodrigo Duterte s Social Fund

Negros sugarcane industry: A bittersweet Christmas symphony

Dec 17, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Once dominated by hacienderos and held back by difficulty in securing loans sugarcane farmers haven’t had a sweet deal but some programs aim to change their situation in 2017

No poor Filipino by 2040: Can Duterte gov't set the stage?

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Our emphasis now is to shift the focus to the rural areas to agriculture because that is where the poverty has been chronic says chief economist Ernesto Pernia

New poverty data: Is poverty falling fast enough?

Oct 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Over the course of almost a decade we ve seen a yearly reduction of the number of poor people by just 80 000 per year

Beyond the first 100 days: What other ‘wars’ can we focus on?

Oct 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Perhaps it’s time for us to initiate the policy process from below – for the people to articulate the policies they would like the Duterte government to act on

NAPC failed to adopt anti-poverty policies under Aquino – Maza

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Anti poverty policies based on recommendations of sectoral groups could have been adopted if NAPC officials met en banc says new NAPC chief Liza Maza

STILL A PROBLEM. One out of five Filipinos remain to be poor based on recent data by the National Anti Poverty Commission. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Duterte's 1st EO: Simpler, faster anti-poverty services

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:52 PM

12 agencies are placed under the supervision of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who will have the power to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and streamline them

'RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace on June 30, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Kalbaryo ng maralita

Mar 24, 2016 - 1:17 PM

An annual protest uses the traditions and symbols of the Holy Week to depict the every day struggle of the poor for better lives

PEOPLE'S CALVARY. Kalipunan Ng Damayang Mahihirap parades a 12-foot installation sculpture of visual artist, Toym Imao during today's ?#?Kalbaryo2016?. The artwork depicts the economic hardships of poor Filipinos. Photo by Kathy Yamzon

'Make fisheries an election issue' – fisherfolk leaders

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:41 PM

As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored

ELECTION ISSUE. PANGISDA President Pablo Rosales said that support for fisheries should be an election issue. Photo by Stephanie Ilacad/Rappler

Leni Robredo: Expand feeding programs, create Food Council

Jan 19, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The vice presidential bet proposes an expanded feeding program with food sourced from the country s poorest farmers

A nation of billionaires, dynasties and yayas

May 06, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Breaking out of this inequality trap is going to take brave leaders on both sides of business and politics to open the floodgates for competition

Life lessons from a slum boy and a sampaguita girl

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:58 PM

They know how to envision the world free from hunger when they pick up a meal we think is just ordinary for us They know the euphoria from learning new lessons in school that we as students hope to always avoid

Fighting for dignity in Tambakan

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:15 PM

In a land that did not exist informal settlers of Malabon fight to be recognized

NEDA: Poverty likely worsened in 2013 due to Yolanda

May 12, 2014 - 7:19 PM

Gains in the first half of 2013 were probably not enough to offset the impact of the super typhoon in the second

POOR AND HOMELESS. Makeshift tents for poor families that have lost everything due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by EPA

SWS survey: More households poor, hungry at the end of 2013

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:18 PM

According to the 2013 4th quarter survey of SWS more Filipino families consider themselves poor and hungry

PEEK-A-BOO. Latest survey shows poverty and hunger rise as 2013 ends. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH poverty almost unchanged since 2006

Dec 09, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Poverty incidence among Filipino families falls only slightly in 2012 from 2006 despite the Philippines high economic growth

STILL POOR. Almost 20 percent of Filipino families are still living in poverty

SWS: More Pinoy families go hungry in 2nd quarter

Aug 15, 2013 - 7:15 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 4 9 million families felt hungry in April to June up from 3 9 million in the previous quarter

Dramatic escapes as blaze rips through Makati slum

Jul 11, 2013 - 7:21 PM

There is nowhere else for us to go There are no jobs in the provinces says longtime slum dweller Jenny San Gaspar 38 and mother of 10

FIRE. Smoke rises after a fire engulfed some houses in Makati City's financial district. Photo from AFP

#TalkThursday: Poverty - Behind the numbers

Apr 26, 2013 - 12:01 PM

On TalkThursday this week is Jose Ramon Albert the Secretary General of the National Statistical Coordination Board

PH shows no improvement in HDI ranking

Mar 15, 2013 - 12:02 PM

The Philippines fails to improve its human development ranking

STILL POOR. Filipino families resort to begging on the streets. Photo by AFP

'PH at risk of prolonged low wages, high unemployment'

Sep 13, 2012 - 3:04 PM

The Philippines is at risk of experiencing prolonged low wages and high unemployment due to weak global trade says Unctad

Philippines still a long way from licking poverty

Aug 30, 2012 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines still has a long way to go to see significant reduction in poverty