Poor Filipino families cannot afford to eat three meals a day.
Sampaloc residents decry ‘unjust’ demolition
Residents of Maisan in Sampaloc, Manila find the demolition unjust as negotiation for their relocation is ongoing with the city government of Manila.
The poor cuts down on staples as price hikes continue
When asked about the country’s inflation rate, Jemelie Polinar, a mother of three, let out a sigh as she picked the freshest yet cheapest squash. “To be honest, I don’t know anything about those numbers. What I know is that the poorest of the poor are suffering the most. This is our daily reality, from the increased transportation costs to the food we need.”
Advocates post photos of empty plates to press aid for the hungry
In time for the Catholic tradition of fasting during the Holy Week, a peasant advocates group led a protest action assailing how the government “has virtually imposed hunger on the poor and the marginalized amid the apparent absence of any concrete plans for economic relief and the strengthening of the public health system.”
Economic slowdown to worsen with COVID-19 lockdown
“During an intense crisis, the economic policies that should be implemented are those that are pro-people.”
FIRST PERSON | Theology in defense of God’s children
A good fifty years later, the Philippine Congress is just about to punish Filipino children for being born poor.
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Fighting poverty, curbing corporate crimes in the US
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Raise the minimum wage, create jobs, cut the perks of the rich. Decisively punish big corporations or their executives for breaking the law. These anti-poverty calls are being raised as vital issues in the United States presidential elections next November. (No, folks, it’s not…
What our people need: Food, not free wi-fi
Free Wi-Fi is cool, but it is no game changer. We can help poor families survive by making sure they have food on the table, rather than simply giving them Wi-Fi access.
Poverty is the cause, not the result, of overpopulation
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Philippine population reached 100 million in 2014, and is projected to reach 101.6 million this year. The projection is based on an annual growth rate of 2.1%, which, while lower than the 2.42% rate from 1990 to 1995, is still the highest in the Southeast Asian…
The real scandal
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) pastoral letter describes poverty in the Philippines as a “social scandal” for which government bears responsibility. But it declares that “we cannot just blame government. We need to understand our role in it, our personal responsibility for it in…