“I am not stopping, because what we want is the ever-widening ranks of the organized.”
Category: Urban Poor
The political cleavages within the family is obviously a consequence of individual persuasions and particular interests. This fragmentation exposed by ‘Gapok’ makes the symbolic real and emphasizes the micronarratives of poverty.
“The play aims to humanize the struggle of the urban poor. They do not just fight for the sake of resisting the police come demolition day.”
“If the government really wants to uplift us from our impoverished conditions, why did it have to wait for an Apec? They could have helped us long before.”
“The removal and detention of homeless and impoverished residents from where they live and work without due process is a violation of their basic human rights.”
The urban poor group Kadamay said the demolition was meant to pave way for the construction of “Cloverleaf,” a high-end business and residential complex owned by a big real estate company Ayala Land.
“Building resilience and adaptive capacity of the poor to climate change should therefore include providing living wages, regular jobs, more viable livelihood and social services to the poor.”
“It is because of poverty that they do not have enough capacity to purchase materials and equipment to ensure their safety in times of disaster.”
Seven out of ten Filipinos rate themselves as poor, according to the latest survey of independent think tank Ibon Foundation.
“People who make a living selling cooked food and making shrimp paste complain that their customers stopped buying their wares because of the coal dust.”
Kadamay said 16 urban poor leaders had been killed under the Aquino administration. The latest victim, Benilda Santos, was shot dead in Quezon City on May 22.