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The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations
Researchers stress that action to tackle malnutrition is in businesses' best interests
The African Development Bank says Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, would see the greatest rise in poverty
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
'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.'
'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.'
'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'
Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney
Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.90 per day
Beneficiaries can go to Smart Padala branches to retrieve the funds from their PayMaya e-wallet
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?
'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis
'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.'
'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.'
The coronavirus pandemic could erase 'all the progress made in poverty alleviation in the past 3 years'
'What really struck me about visiting Happyland is that life there goes on'
'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
'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'
'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.'
Analysts say China could lose around 18 million jobs in the export sector due to the coronavirus pandemic
'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?'
'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!'
'Instead of halting [cash transfer] programs the government should be distributing these (with no strings attached) to poor and newly-vulnerable populations'
What pro-poor solutions could be considered to reduce inequalities in the time of coronavirus, particularly in ensuring access to water?
The deadly coronavirus pandemic looms over hundreds of millions packed into Asia's massive slums, where staying clean is nearly impossible and people have to leave their homes daily to survive
'Not everyone has clean, running water and soap. Not everyone can call in sick. Not everyone can afford to stock up on food.'
The World Bank has $18.7 billion earmarked for conflict-affected countries through its poverty-reduction grant arm
The end of 2019 result of the SWS survey for self-rated poor families is the highest in 5 years
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Can an average Filipino family of 5 really survive on P10,727 per month?
Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.
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
Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs
For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical
It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs
'If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world,' according to a United Nations Development Programme report
The DSWD's data collection of the poorest families in the country has not been totally successful because of communication lapses with barangay officials
Scavenging in the European state of Kosovo is often left in the hands of marginalized Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities, who earn as little as 8 euros on a good day
Data show government health coverage intended for the poorest Americans weakened in 2018, notably affecting large numbers of children
The plan is for power outages to become a thing of the past, even in remote areas
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
'Laban ito para ipakita sa kanila na iyong kahirapan...hindi iyan normal,' says Dinagat Islands Governor-elect Kaka Bag-ao
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the budget impasse showed 'how politicking could harm people'
State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding
Together with the prosperity, poverty incidence in the region also dipped to 25% from 35% in 2017
Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward
It’s high time we updated how we measure poverty in the Philippines
Let us not focus on the trees and not see the forest. We have to get our act together and adopt a whole-of-nation approach to ensure that no Filipino will be in poverty by 2030 or even 2040.
'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'