Poor Pinoys treated as paupers, beggars

We understand that the main reasons for the delays in the arrival of vaccines from abroad are beyond the control of the government, with wealthy and powerful countries cornering the supply of manufactured vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardApr 16th, 2021

Study finds Pinoys can be happy despite being poor

An Ateneo de Manila University study on the impact of income to happiness provided further proof of poor but happy Filipinos......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

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

Being a poor kid taught me empathy

Mayor Isko Moreno BATANG MAYNILA In a recent interview, I was asked by a reporter if I am amenable to the idea of placing the beggars under arrest.  These are the homeless people who end up in the streets begging for alms due to lack of income. Flatly, I rejected the idea. It is just not my cup of tea. Having been in that rock-bottom situation before, I cannot say that being poor is a sin or a fault in any way.  It is the kind of situation in which no one would ever, ever  want to be. I do not question the wisdom of national authorities who broached the idea of having the beggars arrested, for fear that they may be spreading COVID-19, since they do not observe any safety protocols particularly wearing of face masks. Maybe those from the national government have a different perspective about this issue but to me, sending the homeless people to jail is another thing, not only because I was also homeless at one point in my life but as I’ve said, it just isn’t my cup of tea. I would rather get these homeless people off the streets and care for them in our very own facilities designated for the purpose. In fact, for almost eight months now, we in the city government of Manila, through our social welfare department headed by Re Fugoso, had been taking care of hundreds upon hundreds of homeless people who ended up living in the streets and begging for alms, due to the pandemic. Since the quarantine and lockdowns began in March, we gathered these homeless, unwanted individuals and have been taking care of them since. We have three facilities for them. Modesty aside, we do not only feed these streetdwellers three square meals a day. We also provide them with clothes, toiletries, various forms of entertainment — like regular movie showing and zumba sessions— and even extras, since most donations of clothes and food that that land in our office from time to time are automatically sent to them. We also ensure their health and safety, by making them undergo regular medical tests. Our medical teams go to them and conduct the checking. While their life in our city-run facilities may not be luxurious, it is comfortable enough and definitely, a lot better than living in the streets. In fact, I suspect that a lot of homeless troop to Manila probably upon learning that the city provides the basic needs of those gathered. Those who would want to go to their native hometowns are being assisted by social welfare chief Re Fugoso herself, as in fact, 200 such families have already been sent to their respective provinces about a week ago. Back to the issue and let me be clear. There is no question that we in the city government are all for instilling discipline among everyone in the city, including the homeless. No exception. However, I firmly believe that when you are at the helm of governance, you have to strike a balance between putting discipline and certainty in place on one hand, and then compassion and humanity on the other. Addressing the poor is never easy. Actions need to be taken but there is a need to learn to stretch your patience to the maximum. I remember clearly what former President Ramon Magsaysay once said: “Those who have less in life should have more in law.” This creed of one of the greatest Presidents who ever lived, is what endeared him to the masses and had been my guiding rule since I entered politics. Simply put, this means that the  ordinary citizens or those in the lower rung of society, specially the poor, should get the necessary attention from government which they need more than those who are well off. Maybe having grown up knowing precisely what poverty means and actually feels like, also instilled in me the value of empathy. *** Gaya ng paulit-ulit  kong sinasabi, kailangan ko ang tulong ninyong lahat. Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first! *** For updates on latest developments in the city of Manila, please visit my Facebook account — “Isko Moreno Domagoso”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Babies have rights

 #ASKGOYO Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal Quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “The tragic death of 3-month-old Baby River highlights the need to do MORE, BETTER, FASTER in the justice sector quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “Baby River was born at the Fabella Medical Center on July 1, 2020.  Her mother, urban poor organizer Reina Mae Nasino, 23 years old, is a detainee at the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory who was arrested on November 5, 2019 at the Tondo office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.  The police raids that resulted in the arrests of over 60 activists in Metro Manila and Bacolod were by virtue of various warrants issued by the RTC Branch 89 in Quezon City.  Reina Mae and two others were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a non-bailable offense. “Despite questions raised against the validity of the raids and arrests as well as petitions for the release of Reina Mae on health and humanitarian grounds or for continued breast-feeding, the frail and underweight Baby River was separated from her mother barely a month after birth. “The case went through RTC Manila Branch 20, the Supreme Court, back to RTC Branch 20, then RTC branch 42 and RTC Branch 37, and the Court of Appeals, until Baby River died on Oct. 12, 2020. “Manila RTC Branch 47 finally allowed Reina Mae furlough – this time to visit her dead daughter.  Despite many fully armed BJMP escorts, police and military personnel monitoring and accompanying Reina Mae, she remained hand-cuffed while at the wake. “The heartbreaking and brief life-story of Baby River compel us to raise these questions: “1. Why can’t our justice system safeguard the needs and rights of an innocent child to breastfeeding and a better chance to survive? “2. Why don’t our jails have adequate facilities to address the needs and rights of children and women detainees duly recognized by domestic and international law? “3. Why does it take so long to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights? “4. Isn’t there double standard when “bigger” detainees are allowed similar or even greater privileges? “5. Can we not have justice with compassion? “Let our concern, dismay, or rage and the tears that we may shed for Baby River Nasino fuel our collective determination and action to improve our justice system.  Let not our innocent children fall under the cracks.  Babies have rights and we have duties to nurture them.  Let our humanity rise above our personal comforts or the privileges of power.” DOMINGO EGON CAYOSA National President & Chairman of the Board of Governors *** We can talk about the law legal processes, and I’m sure many will.  But at the crux of all this should be:“What is it to be human?” Have we sunk so low that we’ve lost our humanity?  Have we forgotten what it is that separates us from animals?  Have we been numb to peoples’ suffering and death? Have we been stripped of our sense of morality and compassion that we have lost our appreciation of what is right and wrong?  People have discussed the trampled rights of the mother of the infant.  But what about the rights of the baby?  Stripping the legalese of the tragedy, we have to ask: What about the basic needs of the baby, as emphasized by the statement of the IBP?  There is no justification to being deprived of the love and care his mother, and the warmth of her embrace. The soothing voice to say she’s going to get better, and she’s loved…  Have we regressed to a point that we’ve been stripped of our empathy? More than the legality of this.  After the furor will have died down, and it surely will, I think we have to ask ourselves, “Where are we now?”  How low have we sunk and how to we get back up and regain some sense of decency? My heart broke when I saw pictures of Reina Mae Nasino covered in PPE, in handcuffs, unable to even hug her dead baby one last time.  I still cannot understand the inhumanity towards not only the mother, but the baby, who had done no one wrong, yet was treated with so much hate, disrespect, contempt, and derision for her to be born in this world, yet stripped and deprived of human love and affection.  I can never hate anyone that much to treat him or her so badly. I think we need to dig deep within ourselves and search our soul.  To find the humanity which has clearly been missing.  We need to find our moral compass, before we all lose our soul and drown in the abyss. Stay Safe.  Pray for Baby River.  Pray for OUR country......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

20 million poorest Pinoys to get free COVID-19 vaccine

President Duterte unveiled yesterday a P20-billion plan to provide free vaccines for at least 20 million poor Filipinos who would be prioritized once the vaccine becomes available, he hopes by yearend, even as he chided critics who claim that his administration has no credible roadmap to address the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

Trust of Pinoys in China falls from poor to bad – SWS survey

MANILA, Philippines —China’s trust rating among Filipinos dipped further in July, its score dropping from “poor” to “bad,” according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results. The survey, conducted from July 3 to 6, found that 58 percent of Filipinos said they had “little trust” in China, while 22 percent said they had […] The post Trust of Pinoys in China falls from poor to bad – SWS survey appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Half of Pinoy families rate themselves poor – SWS

About half of Filipino families rated themselves as “mahirap” or poor, the Social Weather Stations said in its latest survey......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News13 hr. 29 min. ago

Palace: Pinoys can expect better Christmas, future

Amid the threat posed by the Delta variant, Malacañang said yesterday that with vaccination aiming for herd immunity in the fourth quarter of the year, Filipinos can look forward to a better Christmas and achieving economic growth in 2022......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

'UndoingDuterte | Poor contact tracing amid deadly Delta variant

To identify close contacts up to third or fourth degree, community health advocates said that contact tracing has to rely on an already robust public health system which the Philippines does not have in the first place. The post #UndoingDuterte | Poor contact tracing amid deadly Delta variant appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

Union groups give Duterte’s performance a grade of ‘poor, poor, poor’

A local advertisement here in the Philippines once asked – where can your P20 bring you? For government workers here, it meant a measly salary increase in the last five years of President Rodrigo Duterte. The post Union groups give Duterte’s performance a grade of ‘poor, poor, poor’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

Coach: COVID was God s way of telling Knott to rest, regroup

Treated like rock stars in Nagasaki, Filipino-American sprinter Kristina Marie Knott and her coach Rohsaan Griffin took a moment to reflect on the time when the trackster tested positive for COVID-19 last month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

5.5M Pinoys now fully vaccinated against COVID

5.5M Pinoys now fully vaccinated against COVID.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

40% of Pinoys see better life ahead

Almost four in 10 Filipinos expect their quality of life to improve in the next 12 months, the Social Weather Stations said in its latest poll......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

Education gets poor grades under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines—In about a week, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) uncertain if the state of Philippine education, one of the country’s pressing issues, would be discussed. The country is being hounded by challenges in the shift to distance learning prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consistent […] The post Education gets poor grades under Duterte appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

Over 5 million Pinoys vaccinated vs COVID-19

More than five million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Malacañang said yesterday, as various sectors called for a more aggressive rollout amid the threat posed by the highly transmissible Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Duterte gets failing mark from teachers

MANILA, Philippines — Teachers on Tuesday gave President Rodrigo Duterte a failing mark for his “consistently poor performance” in fulfilling his commitment to the education sector five years into his presidency, saying the state of education in the Philippines only grew worse under his leadership. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) slammed the Duterte administration […] The post Duterte gets failing mark from teachers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Pedro Castillo, Peru s first poor president

Rural school teacher Pedro Castillo on Monday was declared Peru's president-elect, making him the country's first leader with no ties to the elites that have governed the Andean country for decades. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

3 died out of 35 Pinoys infected with variant

The Department of Health confirmed Monday that three Filipinos have died after contracting the Delta variant of COVID-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Nanay Mameng, mother of Philippine urban poor struggle, passes on

"Without a doubt, oppressors are shaken by her voice. When Nanay Mameng speaks, everyone listens." The post Nanay Mameng, mother of Philippine urban poor struggle, passes on appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Poor quality education leads to wasted lives, tax money

Our public school system officials at the Department of Education must truly step up the transformation of basic education to make it an achievement motivator for millions of young Filipinos. Since the late 1920s, various initiatives have been adopted, but all seems to be for naught......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021