Rappler's latest stories on poverty in the Philippines
Though survey results for poverty in 2020 aren't in yet, experts say Filipinos will experience an increase in hunger and poverty in the coming months
'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'
'Our tatay jeepney drivers have not only been stripped of their livelihood, they have also been stripped of their dignity. For the first time, we are seeing our jeepney drivers begging on the street.'
'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'
Beneficiaries can go to Smart Padala branches to retrieve the funds from their PayMaya e-wallet
Sa gitna ng lumalalang antas ng pamumuhay sa kalunsuran dulot ng congestion at trapiko, at banta pa sa kalusugan dulot ng virus – saan lulugar ang pobreng mahirap?
'It’s all a bizarre repeat of TRAIN where the poor are made to pay more so the rich can pay less. This time around, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the rich will benefit from the biggest corporate tax break in Philippine history.'
'The barangay should have a bulletin board with reliable, complete, and updated information. Otherwise, the spread of rumors and unverified information creates confusion, even fear.'
'What really struck me about visiting Happyland is that life there goes on'
'Hindi po kami namamalimos sa gobyerno. Marunong kaming mag-hanapbuhay. Pero ngayon nawala sa amin yun. Paano na kami, paano na ang pamilya namin?' asks community leader Bernadette Sabalza
'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'
'Mr President, just instruct your officials to tell the truth about the kinds of relief national government can actually give us. Don’t let people build up their hopes then leave them disappointed.'
'Anguished questions are raised again and again. How will they manage until the money arrives? How long must the money be made to last? And then what? When can they start working again? Will they still have jobs once the lockdown is lifted?'
'President Duterte! Make sure that food packs, rice subsidies, or any help at all for our families reach us soon. We will not die from COVID-19 but from hunger!'
'Instead of halting [cash transfer] programs the government should be distributing these (with no strings attached) to poor and newly-vulnerable populations'
What pro-poor solutions could be considered to reduce inequalities in the time of coronavirus, particularly in ensuring access to water?
'Not everyone has clean, running water and soap. Not everyone can call in sick. Not everyone can afford to stock up on food.'
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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
'Laban ito para ipakita sa kanila na iyong kahirapan...hindi iyan normal,' says Dinagat Islands Governor-elect Kaka Bag-ao
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the budget impasse showed 'how politicking could harm people'
Together with the prosperity, poverty incidence in the region also dipped to 25% from 35% in 2017
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'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
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
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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
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
'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
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
The March 2018 numbers show significant improvement after a spike in the December 2017 survey, where self-rated hunger was 15.9%
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
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The country faces a dilemma in development as it strives to achieve growth and progress amid distress and poverty