poverty in the Philippines - updates

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'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.

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.

Can we end poverty in the Philippines through cash transfers?

Dec 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Recent poverty reduction in the Philippines is certainly encouraging but there is still a lot of work to do

Children of CCT beneficiaries must attend school. Photo courtesy ADB

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

5Ps and CCT: How will candidates' anti-poverty promises be funded?

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

When it comes to promises on poverty alleviation the 6 presidential candidates have a lot to offer How feasible those promises are is another story

File photos by Rappler; Mar Roxas photo from Malacañang

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

Urban poor's #TheLeaderIWant: Consult, listen, deliver

Sep 02, 2015 - 3:41 PM

According to urban poor community leaders the next Philippine president should push for an inclusive and participatory approach to ending poverty

Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Where is money to fight poverty going?

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:42 PM

By letting communities decide what projects to implement DSWD s anti poverty program aims to empower the poorest Filipinos for inclusive growth

Where in the PH are the Pantawid beneficiaries?

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:34 PM

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the Aquino administration s flagship poverty alleviation program and covers more than 4 400 000 Filipino households in 2015

#AnimatED: Yaya meal: Far from the egalitarian dream

Apr 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Yaya meal is symptomatic of the unsettling divide between the haves and have nots

'Drastic measures' needed to address food security

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:17 PM

With food inflation taking its toll on consumers Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman says there is an urgent need to look into food security issues

The good in Good Store: Fighting malnutrition, poverty in Rizal

Jan 27, 2015 - 6:44 PM

How can one store help end malnutrition and poverty?

World Bank cuts PH 2014 growth forecast to 6%

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:51 PM

Despite lowered expectations the World Bank commends the Philippines ambition to achieve inclusive growth

What’s the real score on poverty?

Nov 19, 2014 - 9:14 AM

We do not yet have evidence of changes in poverty or income distribution

Reducing poverty top priority until 2016 – NEDA chief

Nov 14, 2014 - 5:48 PM

A most effective strategy to achieve this is to create quality jobs through more investments says Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan

Child poverty increasing in PH – study

Oct 10, 2014 - 6:29 PM

A gov t think tank says 13 4M Filipino children were experiencing poverty in 2009 Priority in interventions should be given to the Zamboanga Peninsula Eastern Visayas and the ARMM

Filipino children line up in a feeding program. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PH 'likely' to meet education, infant mortality MDGs

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

But a year before the deadline the country is losing the fight to lessen maternal deaths

'On the Job': Adrenaline shot

Sep 07, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Film shows off what you can do if you have the money to realize your vision

DEFINITE DARKNESS. Anderson and Torre are soused in film's atmosphere. Still courtesy of ABS-CBN

Why votes are bought and sold

May 23, 2013 - 1:14 PM

Vote buying works in a loop of poverty The poor need money and the politicians give them money

1,000 days to MDGs deadline; options for PH

Apr 26, 2013 - 7:21 PM

The momentum that the MDGs created when the Millennium Declaration was signed is going for a final push

Aquino doubts official poverty numbers

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21 PM

President Aquino says bloated population numbers in 2009 may not make it comparable with the 2012 poverty data

Aquino vetoes Magna Carta for the poor

Mar 25, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Lawmakers slam him for being elitist

High-rise construction provides a contrasting background for the shanties in Metro Manila.

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