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[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

House panel wants in-city relocation for 18k informal settlers along QC's Segment 8.2

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The National Housing Authority have made 1,000 relocation units available, but they are in Bulacan

IN-CITY RELOCATION. The Quezon City government pushed for on-site, in-city relocation for its informal settlers, including those who will be displaced by the construction of Segment 8.2 Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

CDO needs P26 billion, 350,000 hectares of land to house informal settlers

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

On record, Cagayan de Oro has 51,471 families of informal settlers

community work - residents of CdO NHA-Bayanihan Subdivision participates in applying limestones to their muddy main road. the residents here are victims of Sendong. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Informal settlers along El Nido coast to be relocated – DENR

Mar 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the local government has issued a final notice to vacate to 24 families residing along Corong Corong beach

EL NIDO COASTLINE. El Nido town in Palawan. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

Some Kadamay members in Bulacan previously given NHA houses

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:25 PM

This makes the Kadamay members ineligible for another housing unit from the government

INELIGIBLE. At least 70 Kadamay members are ineligible to be awarded their houses in Pandi, Bulacan since they have previously received unit under another project by the National Housing Authority. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Manila to relocate 7,000 families in esteros

May 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Manila city government is looking into reclaiming a portion of Manila Bay for its housing project with China s Shanghai Nanjiang Group

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Bulacan informal settlers urge NHA to approve housing applications

Apr 17, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Members of Partido Manggagawa in Bulacan say their applications have been pending with the National Housing Authority for two years and counting

LEGITIMATE. Informal settlers in Bulacan urge the National Housing Authority to approve their application that has been pending since April, 2015. Photo from Partido Manggagawa

Daughter of oldest detained Kadamay member seeks mother's release

Apr 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Epifana Rufa 83 is the oldest Kadamay member detained in Camp Karingal over charges of trespassing and coercion

SENIOR. Epifana Rufa, 83, is the oldest detained Kadamay member in Kamp Karingal, Quezon City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Taguiwalo appeals for release of detained elderly Kadamay members

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Senior citizens have been arrested with a group for occupying a site from which they were evicted They sleep on pavements wooden planks at Camp Karingal

FREE THE ELDERLY. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo calls on Quezon City authorities to release the detained senior citizens who are among those arrested in a movement organized by Kadamay.

Part 2: The battle of the land titles

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Two investigations – one in Manila and another in Quantico Virginia – on the documents related to the Ragua heirs land claim in Quezon City yield interesting and possibly far reaching results

CONTESTED PROPERTY? An aerial view of SM North Edsa and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Image from Google Maps

Part 1: 'Rightful' owners of prime lot in QC fight back

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Heirs of the purported owner of the prime lot where SM North EDSA and Trinoma Mall now stand want to get back what they believe to be legally and rightfully theirs

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

Duterte’s first SONA: What marginalized sectors want to hear

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has made remarkable promises to long neglected sectors in the country What do members of these marginalized sectors have to say about these pronouncements?

FIRST SONA. Are the marginalized groups part of President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address?

When a child raises a child

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:18 PM

An 18 year old mother tries her best to keep her 1 year old malnourished baby alive

VLOG: Binay, opposition lead Typhoon Yolanda commemoration

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:39 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay visits typhoon hit Leyte to campaign and to check on the condition of the survivors

POLITICAL EVENT? Vice President Jejomar Binay and his UNA senatorial candidates attend the unveiling of the Anibong Memorial Marker in Tacloban City on November 7, 2015. to commemorate Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

After Haiyan: The ship that stayed

Nov 08, 2015 - 2:36 PM

One of the ships that ran aground in Tacloban now serves as a memorial for those who died during Typhoon Haiyan Yolanda

'Iiskwaton kami': Displacement, resistance in Leyte 2 years after Yolanda

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:45 AM

In some communities in Leyte Super Typhoon Yolanda is part of a broader history of threatened eviction displacement and marginalization of communities doing their best to stay afloat

HOME. Shanties along the shoreline of Tacloban City. Image courtesy April Porteria

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

NGCP: Informal settlers hamper transmission line projects

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines warns that breakdown of power transmission structures would result in the loss of bulk power supply to Metro Manila

Cop shot as demolition of homes turns violent in Caloocan

May 26, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Police Officer 1 Virgilio Cabangis is shot by one of the residents of Calaanan compound in Caloocan City trying to fend off the demolition team

Residents (L) scuffle with demolition workers during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila on May 26, 2015, to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. Some 500 families were affected by the demolition. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Informal settlers, police clash at demolition of QC homes

May 05, 2015 - 3:31 PM

The families are relocated to Pandi Bulacan

Forest paradise re-emerges in Philippine capital

Apr 25, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The only nature park in Manila the La Mesa watershed a thicket about a fifth the size of Paris wraps around a dam that stores drinking water for the metropolis of 14 million people

LA MESA ECOPARK. Photo from Wikipedia user Photo07.

Makati Home Ville: Where lies the truth?

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Many of the residents actually agree that their life is better at Makati Home Ville

THE NEXT PHASE. The housing units at Phase 3 of the relocation site are completed only 4 years after the first relocatees arrive in Makati Home Ville.

Former OFW leads neighborhood housing project

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:17 PM

How an open mind perseverance and faith brought a woman and her group of informal settlers to their dream community

44 families evacuate in QC as apartment collapses

Feb 06, 2015 - 2:19 PM

No injuries have been reported in the collapse of a 4 storey apartment in Barangay Piñahan Quezon City

Local firemen secure the vicinity as they dismantle further the four-storey apartment building along NIA Road in Quezon City on Friday. An estimated 40 families were evacuated for their safety after it started to collapse on Thursday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The return of Baywalk’s banished ‘bedspacers’

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Strange how a day before Pope Francis comes to Manila 100 or so people seem to have vanished They seem to have magically disappeared from the same place where the sea swallows the sun

LEFT IN THE DARK. Manila Bay is the site of many majestic sunsets. It is also home to about 100 Baywalk bedspacers, whose future remains bleak. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

What they are hiding from Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Will Pope Francis ever witness the great divide between the country’s rich and poor?

Escudero: DILG budget won't help Roxas' 2016 'bid'

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Responding to critics Senator Francis Escudero says using an informal settlers relocation program to boost one’s chances in 2016 doesn’t make sense

NOT FOR 2016? DILG chief Mar Roxas speaks to ISF from Pasay city. File photo courtesy of the DILG

Public hanging: Manila’s homeless and the Philippines' dirty linen

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:28 PM

The new street homeless are everywhere – in the streets on sidewalks along the seawall of Manila Bay and outside idle lands abandoned buildings – as ubiquitous as their dirty laundry left to hang dry in full view of the public eye

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/

Roxas to informal settlers: Don't wait for us to evict you

Jul 25, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Some 75 000 families remain in Metro Manila s danger zones but the DILG secretary says gov t is on track in fulfilling the President s 2013 SONA promise to relocate them

ON TARGET? The gov't says over 75,000 families living in danger zones have yet to be relocated. Photo by Rappler

Families living under Quirino Bridge strive to survive

Jun 04, 2014 - 4:58 PM

For families living in Estero de Pandacan surviving each day is a battle without government support

RISKY PLACE. Shelters made of scrap wood hang only a few feet above the water of Estero de Pandacan.

DBM releases P1.2B for informal settlers' housing project

May 25, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The housing project will adopt a Community Mortgage Program approach wherein an organized community will initiate and manage their own project

DILG removes 4,400 families from danger zones

May 10, 2014 - 5:55 PM

An estimated number of 60 000 families reside along Manila s creeks and waterways

Aquino: 11,000 Metro Manila families relocated by August

Feb 19, 2014 - 1:32 PM

The relocation will not only bring informal settler families to safer ground it will also help solve the flooding problem in the metro

AT RISK. Informal settler families living on top of waterways are the most vulnerable to floods, earthquakes and disease aside from being major pollutants of the waterways, says the DILG

'Green' houses for Manila's informal settlers

Feb 17, 2014 - 11:12 PM

The micro medium rise buildings on Estero de San Miguel can withstand up to magnitude 7 earthquakes

'DANGER ZONES.' A worker collects garbage from an estero in Quiapo, Manila. Families living in Estero de Quiapo will also be moved to "green houses." File photo by EPA

Estero de San Miguel: Where every settler is a Soriano

Feb 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The Aquino government launches an on site relocation program for informal settlers near Malacañang but rules on choosing beneficiaries are changing

P3.38B released to relocate Metro Manila's estero families

Dec 03, 2013 - 5:04 PM

The amount covers the deficit and cash requirements of constructing housing projects outside the NCR for the months of September and October

MOVING OUT. An initial batch of more than 80 families were relocated from San Juan City to housing projects in Bulacan as part of government efforts to keep civilians away from disaster areas earlier this year. Photo by EPA/Rolex dela Pena

Forest land illegally sold in Negros Occidental – task force

Nov 24, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Task Force Ilahas has found that more than 30 hectares of the Northern Negros Natural Park have been sold by illegal settlers to private individuals – and the number is expected to rise

The 'Apartment': Living among the dead

Oct 31, 2013 - 4:19 PM

Informal settlers at the Manila North Cemetery – some 10 000 of them – live in constant fear of eviction For them life is where dead men lie

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

Palace to estero dwellers: You have to go

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:29 PM

An inter agency headed by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas begins relocating over 20 000 families living along Metro Manila waterways

MOVING OUT. An initial batch of more than 80 families were relocated from San Juan City to housing projects in Bulacan as part of government efforts to keep civilians away from disaster areas. Photo by EPA/Rolex dela Pena

JV: Sue barangay execs with squatter ‘colonies’

Jul 31, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Sen JV Ejercito says don t always blame the governors or mayors – barangay officials are usually the ones coddling squatters as a source of votes

'CODDLING SQUATTERS.' Sen JV Ejercito says the national government should hold accountable barangay officials who are "coddling squatters," and allow them to return after relocation. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

#PugadBaboy: Imbyernang Settlers

Jul 13, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bianca Gonzalez professional haters and squatters

#PugadBaboy: Imbyernang Settlers punchline 2

Jul 13, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bianca Gonzalez professional haters squatters and resettlement areas

#PugadBaboy: Imbyernang Settlers punchline 3

Jul 13, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bianca Gonzalez professional haters squatters and the Chinese in the Spratly Islands

Informal settlers under a bridge await relocation

Jul 09, 2013 - 5:32 PM

They live under the bridge to survive Now the government is offering informal settlers along the Tullahan river a chance to move to houses safe from floods

Demolition attempt turns violent in QC

Jul 01, 2013 - 1:25 PM

Informal settlers along Agham Road throw rocks broken glass and feces at policemen who were carrying out demolition plans

NAPC to youth activists: Relocation plans are ‘humanitarian'

Jun 29, 2013 - 4:41 PM

The National Anti Poverty Commission NAPC maintains that the planned relocation projects do not violate human rights

Palace on relocation critics: We pity 'negastars'

Jun 26, 2013 - 5:23 PM

Lacierda: The government is here to serve to help the people The negastars think everything the government does is wrong

RELOCATION. Earlier this year, the government announced its intention to relocate 100,000 informal settlers living along major waterways. AFP photo