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Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

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

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

Malnutrition in poorer nations costs firms up to $850 billion – study

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Researchers stress that action to tackle malnutrition is in businesses' best interests

The father of Salwa Ibrahim, a five-year-old girl suffering from acute malnutrition and weighing three kilograms, holds her at the entrance of their impoverished house in Yemen's northern Hajjah province on June 23, 2020. - The country's health system has all but collapsed since war broke out between the government and Huthi rebels in 2014, and more than two thirds of the population of about 24 million need aid to survive, according to the United Nations. (Photo by ESSA AHMED / AFP)

Pandemic may push 50 million Africans into extreme poverty – AfDB

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The African Development Bank says Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, would see the greatest rise in poverty

People queue to collect food parcels distributed to cushion the effect of lockdown in the Ikorodu district of Lagos, on April 30, 2020. - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered a "phased and gradual easing" from next week of a lockdown covering Africa's biggest city, neighbouring Ogun state and the national capital Abuja (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Expect increase in poverty as COVID-19 ushers in Duterte's 4th year

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:49 AM

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

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'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.'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A love letter to our jeepney drivers

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'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.'

[OPINION] Understanding the power of privilege

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'

IN PHOTOS: ‘My jeepney, our home’

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER A DAY. Erlin fans his son sleeping inside the jeepney.

Elevated extreme poverty to persist until 2021 – World Bank

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.90 per day

Poor and homeless people eat plates of 'khichdi' (Indian dish made from rice and lentils) distributed by volunteers on a street in Ahmedabad on May 30, 2020. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

Filipinos can now receive cash aid from gov't via PayMaya

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Beneficiaries can go to Smart Padala branches to retrieve the funds from their PayMaya e-wallet


[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

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?

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

May 31, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'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

THE POPE'S MESSAGE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. File photo by Handout /Vatican Media/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why make the poor pay for the coronavirus response?

May 25, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'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.'

[FIRST PERSON] Dilemmas for the urban poor in Barangay Doña Imelda, QC

May 22, 2020 - 1:18 PM

'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.'

World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme poverty

May 20, 2020 - 9:10 AM

The coronavirus pandemic could erase 'all the progress made in poverty alleviation in the past 3 years'

A resident of Plot 323 in Wilgespruit, Johannesburg, pauses on May 08, 2020 in front of a wooden shack during a ministerial visit aimed to ensure that the vulnerable residents of the informal settlement are soon properly accommodated in temporary residential units. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

[OPINION] Happy in Happyland: Notes from Tondo during the lockdown

May 19, 2020 - 3:38 PM

'What really struck me about visiting Happyland is that life there goes on'

[ANALYSIS] Hard choices in Slip Zero, Barangay 20, Tondo, Manila

May 13, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'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

[OPINION] Learning from Kagawad Jonjon Elago

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'

[FIRST PERSON] Beyond health: The virus' impact on the people of Del Pan Bridge

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'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.'

Rising unemployment from virus fight threatens China's poverty targets

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Analysts say China could lose around 18 million jobs in the export sector due to the coronavirus pandemic

A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. - Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

[OPINION] A reflection on Kap Mena, Estero de San Miguel, and the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'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?'

[FIRST PERSON] Barangay Captain Filomena Cinco speaks on the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'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!'

[ANALYSIS] The Philippine gov't should get cash into the hands of the poor, now

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Instead of halting [cash transfer] programs the government should be distributing these (with no strings attached) to poor and newly-vulnerable populations'

[ANALYSIS] We need safe, clean water during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What pro-poor solutions could be considered to reduce inequalities in the time of coronavirus, particularly in ensuring access to water?

Perfect storm: Coronavirus imperils Asia's sprawling slums

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:22 PM

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

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

[OPINION] Let’s not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Not everyone has clean, running water and soap. Not everyone can call in sick. Not everyone can afford to stock up on food.'

World Bank to attack poverty in conflict zones

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The World Bank has $18.7 billion earmarked for conflict-affected countries through its poverty-reduction grant arm

YEMEN WAR. A Yemeni child buys sweets from Majd al-Din al-Shamiri (unseen), a 16 year-old Yemeni who set up a shop in his family's car that was destroyed during the ongoing war in his country, in the Jabal Sabr area of the southwestern city of Taez, on September 28, 2019. File photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

13.1 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, says SWS survey

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The end of 2019 result of the SWS survey for self-rated poor families is the highest in 5 years

PANTAWID PROGRAM. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] To improve the Philippines, Filipinos should have something to live for

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:44 PM

Do you have any intention or ambition to contribute to the country?

[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

[OPINION] P10,727 a month? Why numerical estimates shouldn't be taken that seriously

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Can an average Filipino family of 5 really survive on P10,727 per month?

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

Poverty in Philippines falls in 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:45 AM

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

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

Yemen to become world's poorest country if war continues – U.N.

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world,' according to a United Nations Development Programme report

YEMEN WAR. A Yemeni child buys sweets from Majd al-Din al-Shamiri (unseen), a 16 year-old Yemeni who set up a shop in his family's car that was destroyed during the ongoing war in his country, in the Jabal Sabr area of the southwestern city of Taez, on September 28, 2019. File photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

DILG to local governments: Cooperate in DSWD's data collection or face sanction

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The DSWD's data collection of the poorest families in the country has not been totally successful because of communication lapses with barangay officials

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño at the press hearing for the launch of Listahanan 3 data collection. Photo Courtesy of DSWD

In Kosovo, Roma's recycling work is unsung, underpaid

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

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

WASTE COLLECTORS. Bujar Maksuti arrange items that he found in the containers as his children look on, in Pristina, Kosovo, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

American poverty fell in 2018 but more lack health insurance – U.S. Census

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Data show government health coverage intended for the poorest Americans weakened in 2018, notably affecting large numbers of children

How Solar Para Sa Bayan plans to end energy poverty by 2022

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The plan is for power outages to become a thing of the past, even in remote areas

'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'

COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

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

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

[ANALYSIS] On poverty lines and counting the poor

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:27 AM

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.

[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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