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Urban Poor


Monday, June 22nd, 2015

How a banana in water gave me a new view of the urban poor

By BETTINA CATLI When I first heard that we were to attend an urban poor situationer, my first thought was, what is there to talk about? In my head, it was pretty clear what the situation was. I was remembering the crooked and dilapidated shanties, dirty-faced children running naked, and the occasional loud voices,

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Relocation sites: the land of empty promises in the middle of nowhere

From Luzon to Mindanao, urban poor relocatees tell stories of hunger, worsening poverty and desperation.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Sinementong tahanan

Ni JOMAR GONZALES ADAYA umatake ang mga makina doon sa dagat ng mga kalawanging yerong silungan ng mga panis na pangarap: walang palag ang sahig sa pagkayod ng kamay ng backhoe: may hinuhukay walang imik ang...

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

A choice between fighting for their homes or living in neglected relocation sites

The relocation site for urban poor families living along Road 10, North Harbor is right in the middle of a rice field. The houses are poorly constructed with no electricity, water supply; and there are no livelihood...

Saturday, June 29th, 2013


By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld The Aquino administration has declared as non-negotiable the relocation of some 20,000 non-formal settler families living along metro Manila’s waterways by the end of this year, and of 100,000...

Monday, December 31st, 2012

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Eight months have passed since Arnel Leonor, 19, of Silverio Compound in Parañaque City, was killed during the demolition of their homes. As of this writing, no justice has...

Friday, August 10th, 2012

‘Puso ng Lungsod’ (Heart of the city) documents life of the urban poor

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Pinoy Media Center released its newest documentary on the lives and struggles of urban poor communities in the Philippines. “In this video, you would see how the divide-and-rule tactic...

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Urban poor to experience Christmas as ordinary day spent in poverty

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO According to the Center for Women’s Resources, from...

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011


Video: Demolisyon

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Urban poor residents “occupy” housing agency

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — Urban poor groups trooped to the government housing agency to protest the massive demolition of homes in North and East Triangle areas to give way to the Quezon City...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Urban poor urges United Nations to investigate rights violations

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO "Real development must be based on social justice....

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