Workers in the Informal Sector

"Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan" ng NAPC, inilunsad


Pinangunahan ni NAPC Sec. Noel K. Felongco ang paglulunsad ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” noong Disyembre 7 sa Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Dinaluhan ng mahigit 5,000 katao mula sa iba’t ibang maralitang komunidad sa Metro Manila at mga karatig probinsya ang pagtitipon.

Ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay isa sa malalaking aktibidad ng NAPC sa ilalim ng bagong liderato ni Sec. Felongco.

Tampok sa naturang aktibidad ang paghahatid ng mga pangunahing serbisyo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan gaya ng job fair, legal assistance, dental at medical mission, business and technical skills training at NFA Tagpuan na naglalayong direktang dalhin sa mamamayang Pilipino ang mga serbisyong panlipunan.

Ayon kay Sec. Felongco, bahagi ng mandato ng ahensiya ang tiyakin na naaabot mula sa mga pinakamahihirap na mamamayan hanggang sa mga pinakamalalayong komunidad ang mga serbisyo at proyekto ng gobyerno.

Giit ng bagong kalihim, ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay pagbibigay-diin din sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob o labas man ng gobyerno. Kaya naman, isa sa mga layunin ng programang ito ang wakasan ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng pagkakamit sa 10 batayang pangangailangan ng bawat mamamayan, ani pa ng bagong Lead Convenor.

Sa mga susunod na araw at linggo ay lilibutin ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ang buong Pilipinas para ihatid ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno sa bawat Pilipino.

NAPC Conducts Orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among NGAs


The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted an orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among the national-level heads of national government agencies (NGAs) on September 20, Thursday at B Hotel, Quezon City. The orientation aims to secure the commitment of NGAs to support a series of Kilos SAMBAYANAN Planning Workshops which will be organized by NAPC.

The 10 provinces with the highest magnitude of poverty that have been selected as focus provinces for the workshops, were presented during the orientation. Specific poverty issues on these provinces - 1. Cebu; 2. Negros Occidental; 3. Bukidnon; 4. Lanao del sur; 5. Negros Oriental; 6. Camarines Sur; 7. Leyte; 8. North Cotabato; 9. Zamboanga del Norte; and 10. Sulu – have been discussed during previous consultations among civil society organizations (CSOs). Orientations will also be conducted among regional level NGA officers and the provincial LGUs on October 2-4 for Mindanao, and October 9-11 for the Luzon and Visayas clusters.

The Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence workshops aim to formulate a unified plan among government agencies on how to harmonize government efforts, strengthen inter-agency coordination, and identify gaps and weaknesses in addressing the 10 Basic Needs.

NAPC study: Continuing contractualization a scourge to women workers

A new study commissioned by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has found that labor policies of flexibilization, such as contractualization, have led to more violations of women’s rights. This comes on the heels of a pronouncement by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the President has promised to issue an executive order against “illegal” forms of contractualization next month.

Conducted from July to December 2017, the study was commissioned by the NAPC Gender and Development (GAD) Committee, and conducted by researchers Mary Joe Guan, Brenda Yasay, Cielito Perez, and Jacqueline Ruiz.

Entitled “The Condition of Filipino Women Workers in the Manufacturing and Wholesale and Retail Trade Sectors: A Preliminary Research Advocacy,” the study found that policies such as labor flexibilization have continued even despite declarations by the Duterte administration against contractualization.

Flexibilization refers to practices in which employers do not guarantee their employees’ job security. Firms adopt flexible employment schemes, such as giving out short-term job contracts, rather than making their employees permanent after a six or 12-month period. These practices allow employers to hire and fire with ease, dodging legal requirements to provide benefits to their employees.

These profit-maximizing strategies have forced women workers to a survival mode of temporary jobs, declining wages, and lost benefits, as is the case of women workers in retail and manufacturing in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A (CALABARZON), where the study was conducted.

The study method employed surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and round table discussions of at least 100 women workers, as well as a representative from the Department of Labor and Employment.

The study found that women workers continue to have a low level of knowledge on their rights enshrined in laws such as the Magna Carta of Women, executive and department orders on daycare and breastfeeding spaces, Solo Parents’ Act, Family Welfare Program, Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and creation of Grievance Committees in the workplace. Women workers are also discouraged to join unions.

This low awareness of their rights as women and workers has made them vulnerable to various acts of oppression, including physical, personal, and sexual abuse in the workplace.

In Keyrin Electronics Philippines in the Cavite Export Processing Zone, a Korean manager was deported after the workers complained of his repeated acts of sexual harassment and abuse, the study revealed. The women workers later formed a union to strengthen their ranks, persisting despite management action against them.

To immediately provide relief to women workers, the NAPC study proposed the revocation of laws that legalize contractualization, the provision of legal services for distressed women workers, and the passage of new laws that protect women’s labor rights, such as the right to form and join unions, among other recommendations.

Representative Emmi de Jesus of the GABRIELA Women’s Partylist welcomed the NAPC research, promising to advocate for the inclusion of its recommendations among its proposed legislation in Congress.

The long-term solution is to invest in the welfare of Filipinos through a rights-based approach in economic development, said NAPC Secretary Liza Maza, drawing from “Reforming Philippine Anti-Poverty Policy,” a new anti-poverty framework adopted by the NAPC Secretariat as it celebrates the commission’s 20th anniversary this year.

“Poverty eradication entails a restructuring of our economy in such a way that workers are treated humanely and fairly. The exercise of our rights and the fulfilment of our basic needs are the ultimate yardstick for a just society,” the anti-poverty chief explained.

Kasunduan ng Pagkakaisa ng Pamahalaan at ng Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa Disenteng Paninirahan at iba pang Batayang Pangangailangan

Dineklara at nilagdaan sa Sitio Anak Pawis II, Brgy. San Andres, Manggahan Floodway, Cainta, Rizal sa ika-13 ng Oktubre 2017.

Kami, mga tagapamahala at kinatawan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan, pamahalaang lokal, at mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway ay nagpapahayag ng mga sumusunod:

Nababahala kami sa mataas na antas ng kahirapan sa bansa, bunsod ng mga kakulangan sa pagkakamit ng maraming Pilipino sa kanilang mga batayang karapatan, gaya ng pagkain, tubig, pabahay, at iba pa;

Naniniwala kami na ang tuluyang pagpawi sa kahirapan ay nakasandig sa pagtugon sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan: pagkain at repormang agraryo; tubig; paninirahan; trabaho; kalusugan; edukasyon; pangangalagang panlipunan; malinis at ligtas na kapaligiran; kapayapaan; at pakikilahok;

Nakikiisa kami sa adhikain ng mga maralita, kabilang ang panawagan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa tiyak, ligtas, at disenteng paninirahan, at nakasasapat na kabuhayan;

Nagkakaisa kami na alinsunod dito, hindi dapat maging opsyon ang puwersahang demolisyon na lalabag sa kapasiyahan at karapatan ng mga mamamayan, bagkus ay nararapat tiyakin ang makabuluhang pakikilahok ng mamamayan sa anumang hakbanging ihahain sa kanila ng pamahalaan;

Nararapat gayundin ang mahigpit na pagtangan ng pamahalaan sa tungkulin nitong itaguyod ang kapakanan at kagalingan ng mamamayan;

Naninindigan kami na sa pamamaraang ito, sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob at labas ng pamahalaan, malilikha ang isang malawak na kilusan na siyang magtitiyak sa pagkakamit ng Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan at sa pagwawakas ng kahirapan.

Dahil dito, inilalagda namin ang aming mga pangalan at mga kinakatawang ahensiya at samahan bilang tanda ng pagkakaisa upang kamtin ang disenteng paninirahan at iba pang batayang pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway, at maging ng lahat ng maralita sa ating bansa.

Nilagdan:
Lead Convenor/Sec. Liza Maza, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
Ron Magbuhos Papag, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Rafael Antonio Dulce, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)
Dennis Cope, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Cainta, Rizal
Jacob Garcia, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Taytay, Rizal
Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway / Mga lider-organisador at miyembro ng BALIKWAS-Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Buklod-Maralita, Lakas-Tao, Planter’s Bern Neighborhood Asspociation, at ANAKBAYAN-Rizal

NAPC Spearheads the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) 2017

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) commemorates this year’s National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, themed “Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty: A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,” by strengthening this campaign under the call, “Kilos SAMBAYANAN Laban sa Kahirapan.”

Kilos SAMBAYANAN, or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, is NAPC’s campaign for the fulfillment of the ‘10 basic needs’ of the Filipino people: food and land reform; water; shelter; work; education; health; social protection; healthy environment; peace; and participation.

This call highlights the need for convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, to build a mass movement against poverty in order to end it.

In particular, NAPC draws attention to the issues surrounding the most basic of needs – food – including the deprivation of the right to food for many Filipinos; the continuing lack of food security in the country; and the peasant struggle for genuine agrarian reform, which remains the bedrock policy for ensuring food security and one of the necessary structural reforms for reversing underdevelopment and inequality in the country.

Despite high economic growth in recent years, extreme poverty persists in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 8.23 million Filipinos are ‘subsistence poor’, or whose incomes are insufficient to buy even their basic food needs, and is part of the larger 21.93 million poor Filipinos in 2015.

Consequently, many Filipinos are deprived of basic needs that they should be enjoying as a matter of right. Philippine poverty is rooted in underdevelopment, or the backward state of agriculture and industry in the country, and in inequality, or the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few at the expense of the many.

The commemoration of NWOEP 2017 in the Philippines spearheaded by NAPC in collaboration with ATD Fourth World Philippines, people’s organizations, various government agencies, and institutions is designed to celebrate the people’s struggle and active participation of the basic sectors to fight extreme poverty.

Activities

From October 5 to 27, 2017, NAPC will hold a series of activities that highlight the conditions and struggles of the peasant and poor sectors, and secure commitments from stakeholders in support of the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign.

‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN caravan’ will be held in peasant and urban poor communities in Manila and Davao. NAPC will also organize fora and inter-agency dialogues for the communication and delivery of government programs and services to the poor. In order to advance the public discourse on land reform and sustainable agriculture, NAPC will host a forum-dialogue with peasant groups expected to be in Manila at this time.

Finally, NAPC will hold a roundtable discussion among civil society partners to launch its anti-poverty framework paper, which presents a comprehensive analysis of Philippine poverty and argues for a pro-poor development strategy as a long-term response.

Cultural events will also be held which include citizen’s photojournalism workshop-photowalk in San Jose del Monte and Pandi, Bulacan and Manggahan Floodway; arts workshop, photo mobile exhibit, Zumbayan health and wellness caravan, Sambayanan Walk, Musika’t Tulaan cultural night, and laying of commemorative stone in Anini-y, Antique.

Objectives of NWOEP Philippines 2017

  1. To promote public awareness of the persistence of poverty and extreme poverty in the Philippines, its roots and many dimensions, and the development strategy necessary to end poverty;
  2. To strengthen the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign and bring it closer to the poor and marginalized sectors of society, and raise awareness on the ‘10 basic needs’ as rights that should be guaranteed by the State for all Filipinos;
  3. To advance the public discourse and generate support for the people’s struggles on the right to food, food security, and land reform;
  4. To recognize and promote the efforts of the national and local governments for poverty reduction; and
  5. To foster convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, in support of Kilos SAMBAYANAN and towards building a mass movement in order to end poverty.

History of NWOEP

On 17 October 1987, over a hundred thousand people from all walks of life gathered at the Trocadero Plaza (now the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties) in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, hunger, violence, and ignorance. They gathered upon the appeal of Father Joseph Wresinski, a French Catholic priest and founder of the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Movement. The assembly proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions were inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on that date.

Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and social origins have gathered every year on October 17 to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and served as a convergence point for the gatherings.

In appreciation of this initiative, the United Nations passed Resolution 47/196 on 22 December 1992 declaring 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), and invited all States to devote the Day in presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to poverty eradication.

In response, then-President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 269 on 4 October 1993 declaring October 17 of every year as the National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. On 17 October 1993, President Ramos unveiled at Rizal Park a replica of the “Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty.”

It has since become the site of the annual commemoration organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission in partnership with ATD Fourth World Philippines, National Parks Development Council, and the City Government of Manila.

On 18 October 2004, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 717 declaring the period of October 17 to 23 as the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP). The proclamation designated NAPC to lead, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the nationwide yearly observance of NWOEP in coordination with key partners and stakeholders in poverty reduction.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Fr. Joseph Wresinski and the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the United Nations.

National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

The NWOEP aims to gather together citizens and institutions, public and private, to express their rejection of extreme poverty through, but not limited to, the following means:

  • Demonstrating solidarity with people in poverty, including those who are absent or fear to participate
  • Meeting, talking and interacting with people in poverty
  • Educating and mobilizing all stakeholders—men, women, children, young and old. In this regard, it is important to educate children and youth in human rights and the fight against poverty
  • Enabling every citizen participating either individually or through an organization, to express its solidarity and to renew its commitment to unite in a common struggle, by doing a significant gesture in the culture of his country and respecting the spirit of the Day
  • Giving an international dimension to the celebration of the Day
  • Raising public visibility of the Day

BRIEF HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

On October 17, 1987, defenders of human rights and citizens from all walks of life gathered at the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties (formerly Trocadero Plaza) in Paris, France. They paid tribute to the victims of hunger, violence and ignorance. They expressed their conviction that poverty is a violation of human rights, and proclaimed their solidarity with those struggling to eradicate extreme poverty. These convictions were inscribed on a commemorative stone.

Since then, replicas of the commemorative stone had been inaugurated around the world, and people of all backgrounds have gathered each year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor.

On December 22, 1992 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 47/196, which declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) and invited all states to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations.

In response to this, on 4 October 1993 former President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 269, which declared 17 October of every year as the National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NDOEP), in observance of the ATD Fourth World-led “World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty”. On 18 October 2004, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 717, which declared the period of October 17-23 as the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP). The Proclamation designated the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)—in coordination with key partners and stakeholders in poverty reduction—to lead, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the nationwide yearly observance of NWOEP.

OBJECTIVES

The NWOEP objectives are:

  1. To make the public aware of the week-long commemoration and instill in them the virtues and principles espoused by the observance which is the refusal of extreme poverty and the respect of human rights, dignity, and freedom;
  2. To support the international campaign to end extreme poverty;
  3. To recognize and appreciate the various initiatives of poor communities and local government units in uplifting the lives of poor Filipinos; and
  4. To invite more stakeholders to join the fight against poverty and build a critical mass to ensure a greater chance of effectively eradicating poverty at the soonest time

THEME FOR THE NATIONAL WEEK FOR OVERCOMING EXTREME POVERTY 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the United Nations’ General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP). This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Fr. Joseph Wresinski, which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the IDEP. This year’s theme is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”.

The Call to Action of October 17 that was launched thirty years ago is recorded in the text on the Commemorative Stone at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris which was unveiled in the presence of 100,000 people.

The theme for this year’s commemoration reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice underscored in the Call to Action to fight to end poverty everywhere.  

NAPC vice chair calls for justice for two peasant leaders, end to impunity


National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Vice Chairperson for the Basic Sector Ruperto “Ka Uper” Aleroza calls on the authorities to bring justice to two recently murdered peasant leaders in Southern Tagalog.

Gaudencio “Ka Elmer” Rama, president of the Samahan ng Malayang Pamumuhayn (SAMAPA) was allegedly shot dead by unknown assailants in Sariaya, Quezon on July 4, 2017. Ka Elmer, as he is commonly called, has been taking the lead in the campaign calling for the accountability of RNT Poultry Farm in Brgy. Canda in Quezon province.According to SAMAPA, the RNT Poultry Farm has not been compliant to good farming practices which poses a health hazard to local residents in the immediate periphery of the poultry farm. The organization previously wrote to former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Gina Lopez for assistance on the poultry farm issue.  DENR Regional Office for Region IV responded by calling for a technical working group to look into the matter.

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) also conducted an ocular inspection of the RNT Poultry Farm. However, when SAMAPA recently asked for a copy of the results of the EMB inspection and minutes of the DENR TWG meetings, the request is still yet to be addressed.

On the other hand, Lito Casalla, leader of the Task Force Baha Talibayog (TFBT), was allegedly murdered last June 3, 2017 after attending a meeting with community members who are campaigning against the plans of Asturias Chemical Industries to convert their agricultural land into a mining site over a 507-hectare contested property in Calatagan, Batangas.

The contested area was awarded to 312 farmer beneficiaries through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Ka Uper appeals for an end to impunity and urges the Duterte government to not just focus on fighting illegal drugs, but also address social injustices and violence against the people as a path towards poverty alleviation. He added that the death of the two peasant leaders should not be in vain and that justice must be served.

For inquiries, contact 0917.8170880​ or email ovcbs.napc@gmail.com.

Kilos SAMBAYANAN Press Launch at Delpan, Tondo, Manila on July 16, 2017


Kilos SAMBAYANAN (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan), a flagship campaign for the fulfillment of the Ten Basic Needs of the people, will be formally launched at Delpan, Tondo on July 16, 2017.

NAPC identifies the ten basic needs such as food and land reform, water, shelter, work and national industrialization, healthcare, education, social protection, healthy environment, peace, and people's participation.

Kilos SAMBAYANAN is a call for convergence and a commitment among all sectors of society to address poverty across its many dimensions and represents the ultimate measuring stick of the impact of government programs on the lives of the poor. 

The campaign is a collaboration of the National Anti-Poverty Commission along with the Philippine Information Authority, Presidential Communications Operations Office, and member agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Budget and Management, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and Commission on Higher Education.

The program includes forum, performances, audio-visual presentations of government services for the poor, information kiosks, and medical-dental services.

For inquiries, contact NAPC Communications and Public Relations Committee at 423-4018 / email napc.comms@gmail.com.

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Free and decent housing for the poor is a state obligation


The National Anti-Poverty Commission-Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sectoral Council (NAPC-FLMW) stands that free and decent housing is a state responsibility for its poor citizens who can barely afford their basic needs to live.

 

Minimum wage earners, who make P491 a day in the National Capital Region and have insufficient economic capacity to secure decent housing, should be provided with affordable and decent housing by the government to guarantee that families can live with dignity.

 

It is a disservice to the Filipino people and disturbing to know that idle housing units in relocation sites are left to rot while private developers and contractors continue to rake in profits from public funds.

 

Housing should be accessible to all Filipinos regardless of income. Acquiring decent housing shouldn’t be an arduous and long process for the poor.

 

The country’s housing program should ensure livelihood and employment, as well as public services and utilities such as education, healthcare and transportation.

 

The government’s housing program should be sustainable and livable.

 

 

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