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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

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Dr. Wataru Kusaka on why the poor support Duterte

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Watch Rappler Talk with Dr. Wataru Kusaka at 6 pm on Friday, September 29

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

From the slums to UP

Jul 04, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Nicole Maga was once a scavenger but with her hard work she is set to enter UP Manila in August

RESILIENCE. Nicole Maga did not let her family's financial situation get in the way of her schooling. Photo from the Philippine Business for Social Progress  RESILIENCE. Nicole Maga did not let her family's financial situation get in the way of her schooling. Photo from the Philippine Business for Social Progress

Life lessons from a slum boy and a sampaguita girl

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:58 PM

They know how to envision the world free from hunger when they pick up a meal we think is just ordinary for us They know the euphoria from learning new lessons in school that we as students hope to always avoid

From sleeping in slums to a scholarship in Germany

May 28, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Daniel Dejapin grew up on the streets selling roses by Manila Bay In August he is headed to Germany for a full scholarship at The Robert Bosch United World College

BRIGHT FUTURE. Daniel Dejapin graduates high school from the Aguinaldo International School. Photo from Daniel's Facebook

Dramatic escapes as blaze rips through Makati slum

Jul 11, 2013 - 7:21 PM

There is nowhere else for us to go There are no jobs in the provinces says longtime slum dweller Jenny San Gaspar 38 and mother of 10

FIRE. Smoke rises after a fire engulfed some houses in Makati City's financial district. Photo from AFP

Philippines to move 100,000 squatters

Jan 12, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Metro Manila plans to clear 6 major waterways before the typhoon season starts in June

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The government intend to relocate 100,000 slum dwellers living along major waterways as a flood control measure. Photo by AFP.

MDGs on poverty, slums and water attained

Jul 03, 2012 - 1:41 PM

Less people now live in poverty do not have access to drinking water or are slum dwellers

'Slum tourism' treads between aid and exploitation

May 31, 2012 - 3:16 PM

Organizers say poverty tourism raises awareness and brings aid to the destitute of the city but accusations of exploitation are never far away and critics say poverty should not be a tourist attraction

In this photograph taken on April 6, 2012 "Jakarta Hidden Tours" organizer Ronny Poluan (L) talks to tourists visiting a slum in North Jakarta. Poverty tourism is gaining ground in Indonesia with more tourists looking to "experience the real Jakarta". But while this is bringing more funds to the city's impoverished slum-dwellers, accusations of exploitation are not far behind. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENNIN

Gov't hit for 'hiding' poor at ADB event

May 04, 2012 - 5:25 PM

Human Rights Watch criticized the Aquino administration for building advertising boards that hid slum housing from delegates attending the ADB Governors Meeting in Manila