poverty in the Philippines - updates

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Expect increase in poverty as COVID-19 ushers in Duterte's 4th year

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:49 AM

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

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'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.'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A love letter to our jeepney drivers

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'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.'

[OPINION] Understanding the power of privilege

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'

Filipinos can now receive cash aid from gov't via PayMaya

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Beneficiaries can go to Smart Padala branches to retrieve the funds from their PayMaya e-wallet


[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

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?

[ANALYSIS] Why make the poor pay for the coronavirus response?

May 25, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'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.'

[FIRST PERSON] Dilemmas for the urban poor in Barangay Doña Imelda, QC

May 22, 2020 - 1:18 PM

'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.'

[OPINION] Happy in Happyland: Notes from Tondo during the lockdown

May 19, 2020 - 3:38 PM

'What really struck me about visiting Happyland is that life there goes on'

[ANALYSIS] Hard choices in Slip Zero, Barangay 20, Tondo, Manila

May 13, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'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

[OPINION] Learning from Kagawad Jonjon Elago

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'

[FIRST PERSON] Beyond health: The virus' impact on the people of Del Pan Bridge

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'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.'

[OPINION] A reflection on Kap Mena, Estero de San Miguel, and the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'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?'

[FIRST PERSON] Barangay Captain Filomena Cinco speaks on the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'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!'

[ANALYSIS] The Philippine gov't should get cash into the hands of the poor, now

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Instead of halting [cash transfer] programs the government should be distributing these (with no strings attached) to poor and newly-vulnerable populations'

[ANALYSIS] We need safe, clean water during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What pro-poor solutions could be considered to reduce inequalities in the time of coronavirus, particularly in ensuring access to water?

[OPINION] Let’s not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Not everyone has clean, running water and soap. Not everyone can call in sick. Not everyone can afford to stock up on food.'

13.1 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, says SWS survey

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The end of 2019 result of the SWS survey for self-rated poor families is the highest in 5 years

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

[OPINION] To improve the Philippines, Filipinos should have something to live for

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:44 PM

Do you have any intention or ambition to contribute to the country?

[OPINION] How millennials are helping informal settlers and the homeless

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

It is precisely because we millennials are socially aware and innovative that we are needed in the public sector

[OPINION] P10,727 a month? Why numerical estimates shouldn't be taken that seriously

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Can an average Filipino family of 5 really survive on P10,727 per month?

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

Poverty in Philippines falls in 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:45 AM

With poverty incidence falling to 16.6% in 2018, the Philippine government says it is on track to meet its target of 14% by 2022

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

How Solar Para Sa Bayan plans to end energy poverty by 2022

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The plan is for power outages to become a thing of the past, even in remote areas

'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'

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

[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

[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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

Why poverty is not a choice

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

There are lessons that unpack for us how unsophisticated blaming the poor is

Can conglomerates foster inclusive development in PH?

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The country faces a dilemma in development as it strives to achieve growth and progress amid distress and poverty

DILEMMA. The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies despite having the third highest poverty incident rate in ASEAN.