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‘Pantawid’ program working; hunger situation worse without it – Soliman

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman FILE PHOTO

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman refused to acknowledge Wednesday that the government’s conditional cash transfer program for the poor may not be working in the face of the worsening hunger incidence in the country.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Nation | Read More »

Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment


Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he’s not preaching communism but the Gospel.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

12M families say they are poor in latest SWS report

HOME, STREET HOME  A family makes its home on a street in Makati City, the site of the country’s top financial district. Millions of Filipinos go to bed hungry despite the soaring economy, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations.  EDWIN BACASMAS

A total of 12.1 million Filipino families considered themselves poor in September, while 9.3 million families said they were food-poor, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) report.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

15M PH kids hungry–Poe

EYEING HUNGER  Sen. Grace Poe (left) calls for an increased budget for feeding programs for children like this tot (right), in a privilege speech at the Senate on Monday.  PHOTO OF SENATOR POE COURTESY OF THE SENATE/RIGHT PHOTO BY ARNOLD ALMACEN

It’s the paradox of our times: A great number of Filipinos, including 15 million children, remain hungry or malnourished while the Philippine economy continues to soar, Sen. Grace Poe lamented on Monday, as she called for concrete action to address this scourge.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

One-Negros proponents decry poverty


If you are happy to be poor, then don’t support the creation of the Negros Island Region.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »