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Over 5.6 million Filipino families living in poverty – DSWD

The DSWD's 'Listahanan 3' survey finds out that about 30 million Filipinos are poor.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerNov 25th, 2022

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

“Waitlisted” SAP Beneficiaries to Receive Payout

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prepares the payout of 5 million families tagged as “waitlisted” for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). DSWD targeted 8.5 million low-income families living in ECQ areas for the second tranche of the SAP implementation. The said 5 million additional families were approved by President Duterte for the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

SWS: 3 million families experienced hunger in Q4 of 2022

The survey conducted on December 10 to 14 found that 11.8% of Filipino households experienced involuntary hunger—being hungry and not having anything to eat—in the past three months......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2023

News from home: Delayed Saudi OFW payouts, 51% of Pinoy families feel poor

From news of a longer delay for payouts to overseas Filipino workers owed salaries by Saudi Arabia companies to 51% of Filipino families feeling poor amid the rising cost of living, these are among our headlines from the past week we think you should know if you’re a Filipino based abroad......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2023

SWS poll: More Filipino families felt poor as inflation quickened

Filipino families who called themselves poor rose slightly to 12.9 million in December 2022, according to a Social Weather Stations survey, as inflation accelerated to its fastest pace in 14 years that month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2023

House to work double time to boost economy

With the country’s economy picking up speed, Speaker Martin Romualdez said yesterday the House of Representatives will work double-time next year to ensure that whatever economic gains are achieved would translate to better living conditions for Filipino families......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2022

DSWD set Marcos livelihood and shelter agenda for former rebels

DSWD has approved an initial amount of P287.95 million as part of President Marcos administration's commitment to honor the government continuing effort to support former rebels and their families’ re-integration into society and nation-building......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2022

The middle class squeeze

Next year’s P506 billion ayuda budget, slashed by almost nine percent from this year’s allocation, will definitely amount to much less when appropriated to the 10 million Filipinos who make up half of the population living below the poverty line......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2022

2.9 million families experienced hunger in Q3 – SWS

Some 2.9 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the third quarter of the year, a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2022

SWS: 2.9 million Filipino families still hungry in Q3

A new poll showed that 11.3% of Filipino families or an estimated 2.9 million experienced “involuntary hunger” moving into the third quarter of 2022......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2022

3.4 million families experienced hunger in Q2 – SWS

About 3.4 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months, according to the Social Weather Stations June 2021 poll......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

4.2 million Pinoys experience hunger in past 3 months – SWS

About 4.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, the latest Social Weather Stations’ survey showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

4.2M suffered hunger in Q2& mdash;poll

At least 4.2 million Filipino families experienced hunger due to lack of food at least once in the past three months, according to the latest report released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

152 Daanbantayan families graduate from 4Ps program

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A total of 152 families from Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu, have graduated from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last week. Of these number, 103 families have already reached Level 3 of well-being or have risen from poverty to self-sufficiency, while […] The post 152 Daanbantayan families graduate from 4Ps program appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Homeownership remains a priority for Filipino consumers

As tumultuous as the year 2020 was, it provided key insights into what must be prioritized to continue living comfortably and securely. Unexpected challenges make individuals and families appreciate the stability that having a roof over one’s head brings......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

Coffin stored in break room as Los Angeles funeral home overwhelmed

A corpse in the break room. Embalmed bodies in the garage.  During AFP’s visit, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the funeral home employee break room beyond the front desk Boyd Funeral Home, a small family business in Los Angeles, is so overflowing with Covid-19 victims it has begun turning away customers for the first time in its history. “The weekend before I turned down 16 families that I couldn’t do services for,” said owner Candy Boyd.  “It’s sad. But that’s pretty much how it is now.” In the past two weeks, as coronavirus has slammed Los Angeles, some 80 percent of the deceased passing through her doors died from Covid. One-in-10 residents of the nation’s second largest city has been infected since the pandemic began, with nearly 300 people dying daily last week as the virus surges. At Boyd’s reception desk, the phones keep ringing, mostly going unanswered as her overwhelmed staff have abandoned setting appointments and now tell customers to just show up and get in line. She is even receiving calls from desperate families in other counties more than an hour’s drive away.  Many hospital morgues are also full, with local coroners using refrigerated trucks to accommodate the victim load and some cemeteries warning of two week waiting lists. “Things are getting more and more out of control,” said Boyd. During AFP’s visit this week, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the employee break room beyond the front desk. It had been there for a week. “This room is our lunch area, however, we are having to use this room for space for caskets,” said the owner. “We’ve done the services but the cemetery is so backed up… we have to hold them here until they have time to do the burial.” – Bodies in the garage – Like much of surrounding South Los Angeles, the Westmont neighborhood is mainly inhabited by Black and Latino working class communities living in densely populated homes. These demographics have been hit particularly hard by Covid, with mortality rates two or three times higher than nearby affluent communities. Boyd’s funeral home cold storage room has been consistently full. Two weeks ago, Boyd brought in craftsmen to erect two large wooden structures in the company’s garage to store embalmed bodies. “He hasn’t even gotten a chance to really finish because we needed (to store) these,” she said, pointing to corpses wrapped in body bags lying on the rough shelves. “I would never imagined having to build that in my wildest dreams.” Some funeral homes have reported a shortage of coffins due to lack of wood, though Boyd’s supplier has kept up with orders so long as they are placed early enough. – ‘Nightmares’ – Worried about her five staff catching the virus at the start of the pandemic, Boyd initially refused to accept Covid victims. “I was having nightmares. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep,” she recalled.  Boyd has since created safety protocols and now feels comfortable dealing with the influx, although she insists it is “not about the money.” “It’s about helping families and helping them get through this crisis,” she said. “It takes a toll on me every day, I’m dealing with this,” Boyd added. “And I have to keep a stolid face because I have to be there for the family.”  Sometimes, customers are people she has long known personally. Other times, Boyd encounters families who still refuse to wear masks or respect physical distance, even as they make arrangements to bury their loved ones.  “The numbers don’t lie. It’s true. It’s real,” said Boyd of the disease. Cases in California have more than doubled since early December to 2.8 million. “If you don’t take it serious,” she warned an AFP journalist, “you could be one of the people that are in my back row back there, you know!”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Fewer hungry Pinoys in Q4 – SWS

Fewer hungry Pinoys in Q4 – SWS Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) – December 17, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Filipino families who experienced “involuntary hunger” dropped to 16 percent or about four million in the last quarter of the year, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its latest report. The latest hunger […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsDec 17th, 2020

Fewer hungry Pinoys in Q4 – SWS

Filipino families who experienced “involuntary hunger” dropped to 16 percent or about four million in the last quarter of the year, the Social Weather Stations said in its latest report......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2020

Four million Filipino families experience hunger

Four million Filipino families experience hunger.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 16th, 2020

SWS: 48 percent of Pinoys feel poor

Forty-eight percent or about 12 million Filipino families rate themselves as “poor,” according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 15th, 2020