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[ANALYSIS] How to support microenterprises, informal sector hit by coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:40 PM

We may already be seeing the positive effects of the quarantine in terms of containing COVID-19. However, its negative economic impact is undeniable.

When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

IN NUMBERS: What you need to know about the Philippine labor sector

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The employment rate in the country is at 94.7% as of January 2018

'Matumal': Small-time vendors struggle to earn this Undas 2017

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The vendors' only hope is to earn enough to make a living in celebration of the dead

MATUMAL. Small-time vendors inside cemeteries struggle to earn this Undas due to the rain. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Making a living among the dead inside Navotas Public Cemetery

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Children and adults alike inside the Navotas Public Cemetery grab the opportunity to make money doing odd jobs that come with the Undas rush

Two boys clean an apartment tomb for a fee inside the Navotas Public Cemetery on October 27, 2017

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about PH's informal sector workers

May 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Informal sector workers comprising up to 38 of the labor force are among the most vulnerable workers in the country

A worker carries a bale of collected recyclable materials at a junk shop near the former dumpsite and landfill named "Smokey Mountain" in Manila on June 26, 2016. Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged on May 26 to spread economic activity beyond the overpopulated capital of Manila, calling it a "dead" city overrun by shantytowns. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

P20,000 livelihood grant available for vulnerable workers

Mar 26, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The cash aid is available through the Department of Labor and Employment s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program

INFORMAL ECONOMY. Government estimates that there is around 15.3 million informal sector workers. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

When hunger is a daily battle

May 17, 2014 - 9:15 AM

A mother Mercy del Rosario realizes that she and her husband need to learn how to be good parents to save the lives of their malnourished children

HUNGRY HOME. The Del Rosario family has been struggling with hunger and poverty for over two decades. Putting food on their children's plates is an everyday battle for the parents. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Why many of the hungry are women

Mar 25, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Women account for around 60 of the world’s chronically hungry despite producing more than half of the world s food

WOMEN. In the Philippines, women provide 84% of the total household time spent on childcare; making it hard for them to find jobs outside their "unpaid work" at home. Photo by Jes Aznar/AFP

PH income below investment grade countries' average

Mar 30, 2013 - 8:19 AM

Despite upgrading the Philippines to investment grade Fitch Ratings notes that incomes remains below the average

LOW SALARY. PH salaries are still below average. 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

Gov't urged to fund health insurance for vendors, drivers

Jul 25, 2012 - 6:10 PM

Current funds only subsidize the poorest of the poor not the working poor former Health Secretary Francisco Duque says