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Quezon City allocates nearly half of 2020 budget to social services

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:07 PM

'We are balancing between growth of the city and the welfare of our people,' says Assistant City Administrator for Finance Don Javillonar

GROWTH AND WELFARE. The Quezon City government, under the leadership of Mayor Joy Belmonte, is now putting the prime on social services instead of infrastructure. Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Down to policy: Isko Moreno’s help for Manila’s disadvantaged

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Beyond bold statements, here are policies signed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for the benefit of students, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and solo parents

ISKO AND POLICY. Isko Moreno in a signing ceremony at the Manila City Hall. Manila City PIO

'P15-B ASEAN summit budget should have gone to the poor' – Kadamay

Nov 10, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Militant group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap says the P15-billion budget for the ASEAN summit could have been used to provide basic social services for the poor

Local governments not spending enough on social services – budget chief

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Bulk of funds are spent on local administrative functions instead of education health and nutrition population control labor and employment housing and community development social welfare and so forth

NOT ENOUGH. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that local government units spend more on administrative functions than social services. File Photo

Higher fuel excise tax means more funds for social services – lawmaker

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The tax reform proposal also aims to reduce poverty incidence from 21 6 to 14 by 2022

BETTER SERVICES. The increased revenue expected fromt he proposed excise tax on fuel will be used to fund social services. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

What's in the proposed 2017 national budget?

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Among agencies, the Office of the President, along with the education and public works departments are the top gainers

The value of Marcos jewels according to the Philippine government

May 06, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government publishes an album of jewels owned by Imelda Marcos and lists the social services that they could have afforded to serve the public instead

#PHVote: Senatorial debate sparks online discussion on barangay health care

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The exchange on health issues during Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate on Friday April 15 resonates with netizens who lament the current state of health care

Where is money to fight poverty going?

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:42 PM

By letting communities decide what projects to implement DSWD s anti poverty program aims to empower the poorest Filipinos for inclusive growth

Catholic Church in Manila seeks donations for Nepal

May 01, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs however has not publicly pledged any specific amount to help Nepal after an earthquake that killed more than 6 000

TRYING TO REBUILD. A Hindu man stokes fire on April 30, 2015, for the cremation of earthquake victims in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal. Photo by Abir Abdullah/EPA

Singapore raises taxes on rich to fund rising social spending

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:51 PM

The marginal personal income tax rate for those earning above SG 320 000 256 000 a year will rise to 22 next year from the current 20

An arrangement five thousand red balloons spell the number '50' on the Marina Bay backdropped by the skyline of the Central Business District in Singapore, 31 December 2014. Wallace Woon/EPA

Police officer protects, serves through DSWD program

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:32 PM

SPO1 Edward Mandalunes believes that being a public servant means he should devote his time and energy to community development

MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN. SPO1 Mandalunes gets self-fulfillment for volunteering in his community. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Use DSWD's 'mega lumpsum' to end hunger – Recto

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:39 PM

The budget intended to fund grassroots projects should also be used to fight hunger and malnutrition says Senator Ralph Recto

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Community-level approach: Answer to PH poverty?

Jun 21, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Communities with high poverty incidence can now escape the trap through projects they themselves propose

HELPING THEMSELVES. Fishing villages can produce boats for themselves through the program. Photo from DSWD

Tire path leads to progress of Leyte town

Jun 03, 2014 - 4:30 PM

With the construction of the tire path farmers from Barangay Baras are now able to bring their products easier and with lesser costs to the market

Binay removes ‘pork’ from own budget

Sep 11, 2013 - 11:32 PM

[UPDATED] The P200 M social services fund was added to VP s budget during his term

NO MORE PORK. Vice President Jejomar Binay, pictured in this file photo, announces he will remove 'pork' from the budget of the VP's office. File photo

Rappler Newscast | September 11, 2013

Sep 11, 2013 - 9:32 PM

A prayer rally denounces corruption Binay removes his P200m social services fund MNLF wants Islamic countries to mediate in standoff

People power or dynasty power?

Feb 17, 2013 - 9:03 AM

What causes concern here is that political dynasties in the Philippines thrive in regions with relatively higher poverty lower human development and more severe deprivation

House approves Magna Carta for the poor

Aug 10, 2012 - 12:29 PM

The measure aims to provide poor families and individuals with sustained opportunities for growth and development

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

'P2-T budget will spur economic and social growth'

Jul 15, 2012 - 11:11 AM

The budgetary raise is expected to impact more on the poor says the congressman

Proposed 2013 budget is P2.006 trillion

Jul 09, 2012 - 10:57 AM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says budget for social services will be 13 9 percent higher than in the previous year

Budget secretary Florencio Abad

Aquino signs P1.816-trillion 2012 budget into law

Dec 15, 2011 - 8:49 PM

The 2012 budget is the earliest government appropriations law approved since 1986