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LOOK: 22-story condominium for the poor to rise in San Juan City

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The planned in-city relocation will be 22 stories tall, with units to be as big as 36 square meters

Arroyo creates committee to check urban poor housing

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo creates the panel after residents of a housing project in Quezon City reported cases of land grabbing

OVERSIGHT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shakes the hands of residents of NGC West in Quezon City on January 15, 2019. Photo from Arroyo's Facebook page

Duterte names new NAPC lead convenor, PCUP chairman

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Noel Felongco will head the National Anti-Poverty Commission, while Alvin Feliciano takes over the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Charmalou Aldevera is also appointed assistant secretary at the Office of the President.

'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.

Another sacked PCUP commissioner back in government

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Manuel Serra Jr is reappointed by President Rodrigo Duterte, this time as a member of the Philippine Coconut Authority governing board

Duterte appoints Melvin Mitra as PCUP commissioner

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

With Mitra's appointment, Duterte has replaced all the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor officials he fired back in December 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte appoints Honeylet's cousin as HUDCC deputy secretary general

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Melissa Avanceña Aradanas returns to the Duterte administration 3 months after she was sacked along with other officials of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Metro Manila homes reduced to housing – UP professor

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:53 PM

'We have reduced home to housing as simply a commodity,' says UP economics professor Chester Arcilla at an urban development forum

'WHAT IS A HOME?' UP professor Chester Arcillano asks the audience at the UrbanisMO forum what makes a home. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte names Noel Felongco as PCUP chairman

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Felongco is formerly an environment undersecretary and president of the PDP-Laban Central Visayas chapter

Ramon Magsaysay winner appointed urban poor commissioner

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Randy Halasan, an award-winning public school teacher from Davao City, and Normal Brillantes Baloro as Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor commissioners

AWARDEE. Randy Halasan won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2014 for going "beyond the call of duty" as a public school teacher in a remote village in Davao City. Photo from Randy Halasan FB page.

Tropical depression Urduja, Duterte on LGBT, Trump on Mueller | Midday wRap

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:30 PM

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Duterte wants LGBT representation in anti-poverty body

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is looking for a 'bright' and 'honest' person to represent the LGBT community in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, invites the LGBT community to nominate a worthy candidate from their community who is capable of taking a seat at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Duterte on martial law extension, Dela Rosa on Carpio, Ongpin case | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

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Duterte slams Ridon's foreign travels: 'You had too much, too soon'

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'He travelled about 7 times and to think that the office is an urban poor agency, I simply cannot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the PCUP chairman he just fired

PCUP chair Ridon: We served 'with integrity and competence'

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'We performed our mandate to the best of our abilities, with integrity and competence, despite the heavy burden of undertaking genuine reform,' says Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon

ON THE WAY OUT. Terry Ridon, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, is set to be replaced, along with all other commissioners of the PCUP. File photo from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor,

Duterte to fire all execs of Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:43 AM

(2ND UPDATE) One reason for axing the PCUP commissioners is that they have gone on 'junkets abroad,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

GOODBYE, PCUP. President Rodrigo Duterte sees no reason to keep the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Malacañang Photo

Petition to increase taxi flag down rate junked due to technicalities

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Due to petitioners’ repeated failure to comply with the foregoing directives the Court deems it appropriate to dismiss the petition says the Court of Appeals

TAXI. File photo of taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

Urban poor communities file case against police drug operations

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Police are being accused of conducting illegal operations over the forced drug testing in poor communities

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

4,700 Kadamay families qualified to get houses – HUDCC

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario says he is just waiting for Congress to pass a joint resolution allowing the distribution of the houses before the turnover of the units to the families

PANDI. Housing site occupied by urban poor group Kadamay in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Palace downplays eroding trust in Duterte among poor

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Urban poor commission chief Terry Ridon says however that the bloody campaign against drugs has affected many of the poor as the operations are done mostly in their communities

CHAMPION OF THE POOR? President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in front of typhoon victims at Pili, Camarines Sur on December 27, 2016. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: 'Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan'

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The Monday protest dramatizes the poor s struggles

Rappler Talk: Kadamay's #OccupyPabahay: Anarchy or just cause?

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

MovePH Rappler s civic engagement arm talks to Kadamay secretary general Carlito Badion and Sayreen Grapinag one of the occupiers who was recently freed from detention

Duterte lets Kadamay have Bulacan housing units

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

The President promises cops and soldiers that he will personally supervise a new housing project for them in exchange for the units to be given to Kadamay

PROMISE TO SOLDIERS. President Rodrigo Duterte promises soldiers he will give them bigger houses in exchange for the homes to be given to Kadamay. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Perfect storm in wild, wild Philippines

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

For our sake we better understand what is happening and act collectively to avert the worst outcome

WATCH: Teaching urban poor kids the value of education

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:20 PM

From 40 nursery scholars Project PEARLS now supports 500 elementary and high school students from Tondo Manila

TRANSFORMED. Juvi Ann is an example of the impact Project PEARLS has had on the Ulingan community. Photo courtesy of Project PEARLS

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Gov't bans demolitions during Christmas season

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor issues a moratorium on demolitions around the country until January 2017

NO DEMOLITION. The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor bans all demolition activities this Christmas season. Rappler file photo

VLOG: Duterte caps inauguration with solidarity dinner with the poor

Jul 01, 2016 - 7:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to have dinner in Delpan but his first Cabinet meeting finished late

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

A brief for VP Leni outside the Cabinet

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:00 PM

As we commemorate Independence Day 2016 it might be worth our while to reflect on the singular possibilities of a Leni Robredo vice presidency

Vote selling among the poor a 'logical' decision - think tank

Apr 25, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The Institute of Philippine Culture found that accepting money among poor voters does not necessarily mean selling one s vote

VOTE SELLING. Among the poor communities, those struck by disasters (represented by Tacloban City) do not believe that accepting money means selling their vote. Screengrab from IPC

'Gapok': Voice of the urban poor amplified in play

Feb 09, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Gapok which can mean brittle or weak is used as a metaphor to describe how the urban poor are treated by the government and the private sector

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

The clothespin makers of Bocaue

Oct 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

For more than a year the clothespin makers of Bocaue Bulacan have been earning a meager P2 per kilo Most of them receive less than P200 from producing 3 to 5 sacks per week

Mae Pingol makes clothespins with her brother, Jonathan, whose bronchopneumonia has been recurring over the past four years. Their mother earns P200 a day working at a daycare in the village.

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

Kalbaryo protest seeks Aquino's resignation

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:26 AM

For urban poor groups kalbaryo – suffering – is not only recalled during the Lenten season but defines their life under the Aquino administration

Year of the poor: Meet Nanay Mameng

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Nanay Mameng isang dula is a play centering on 86 year old Mameng in her hospital room Mameng meets Sakit a creature representing her diseases and that of society

PH peasants to Pope: Help us regain our land

Jan 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Peasants urban poor representatives and families of political prisoners from Southern Tagalog gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio for a pilgrimage for social justice and peace hopeful that Pope Francis will hear their plight

Sleeping above tombs and living among the dead

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:25 PM

None of the residents are afraid of the dead There are other things to be afraid of they say like the lack of means to continue living

HOME. A mother plays with her 4-year-old daughter and her young nephew. The tomb made of granite serves as their bed. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Fire hits urban poor area in Quezon City

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:29 PM

The fire destroys 50 houses in Barangay Tatalon Quezon City on June 23 Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire

The fire as seen from a building along Quezon Avenue. Photo by JM De Guzman

Senakulo: Passion and protest

Apr 17, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The Passion play has become a rich source of metaphors to bring forth social political and economic issues

Bayan ni Juan says project a success

Dec 14, 2013 - 8:17 AM

To expect utopia of any relocation site is not only unfair but unrealistic

Informal settlers: Integration, not just relocation

Aug 12, 2013 - 10:04 AM

For as long as economic activity is heavily concentrated in a few urban areas no one can really blame the poor for wanting to leave their relocation sites in exchange for brighter prospects in the city centers

RH Law: Signed, sealed, ready for implementation

Mar 16, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Signing the IRR of the Reproductive Health Law in the urban poor community of Baseco is symbolic

Can informal settlers co-exist with the rich in the big city?

Mar 12, 2012 - 1:27 AM

If cooperatives could become a manpower agency and a supplier of housing materials perhaps they could suggests one leader