Now is the time to end all forms of contractualization and other unfair labor practices and institute much-needed changes in the national labor situation to lift workers out of poverty, said National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza.

April 28, 2018
The Women of Catmon
Poverty and Motherhood in an Urban Poor Community in Malabon

 “Isusubo na lang, ibibigay pa.” This is a saying often used to describe the sacrifices mothers make for the sake of their children. For thousands of poor Filipino mothers, this is an everyday reality.

I express my grave concern over the petition filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare as terrorists the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA).

Despite the gains of more than a century of struggle, violence against women persists across all income classes but more so among poor women, said National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza.

NAPC workers involved in a multi-agency project to create community fish landing centers (CFLC) joined a mainstreaming and operational planning workshop initiated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) held on 6-8 March 2018.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission has vowed to accelerate the provision of access to clean and safe water in waterless communities through the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (Salintubig) program, a water supply project jointly implemented by NAPC and three other agencies, NAPC Secretary and Lead Convenor Liza Maza said.

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.

The Convergence on the Rehabilitation and Conservation of Rice Terraces for Food Security held a Technical Team Workshop for its Five-Year Rice Terraces Rehabilitation and Conservation Development Plan and Investment Program from February 1 to 2 in Baguio City.

The Magnificent Magic 7 (MM7) held its 3rd Governing Board Meeting in the town of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur on January 31. MM7 is a local convergence platform formed with NAPC support and is based in Ilocos Sur in Region 1. It is composed of the local governments in the towns of Alilem, Cervantes, Quirino, Santa Cruz, Sugpon, Suyo, and its newest addition, Santa Lucia.

January 22, 2018
31 years since Mendiola Massacre NAPC chief: Time is up for landlords and giant agro firms

Our farmers have suffered enough, and it is time they finally get the justice that has been denied them for decades, said National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary and Lead Convenor Liza L. Maza on the 31st anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre.

The recent results of the SWS survey on self-rated poverty just shows that poverty is a persistent problem and we need to address it now.

Just days after the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretariat launched a new anti-poverty framework, NAPC Secretary Liza Maza said the ongoing Dengvaxia controversy underscores the vulnerability to disease and substandard government healthcare of children from poor families.

“We need to create decent and sufficient employment with living wages to improve the quality of life of most Filipinos,” anti-poverty chief Liza Maza said today, January 11, as the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretariat launches its groundbreaking book, Reforming Philippine Anti-Poverty Policy. The book, which is a product of a year’s worth of work of the NAPC Secretariat, argues that poverty eradication should be the centerpiece of economic, social, and environmental policies.

“As Mary Jane Veloso celebrates her 33rd birthday today inside an Indonesian prison, we are reminded of how poor domestic employment prospects force millions of Filipinos to grapple with hazardous and insecure working conditions overseas,” anti-poverty chief Liza Maza said.

Amid rising prices of basic commodities and services, the poor need jobs and decent wages, National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza said.

More than a hundred thousand devotees of the Black Nazarene join the annual procession to Quiapo Church, and at the heart of this religious tradition are Filipinos’ prayers for a better life, said National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary and Lead Convenor Liza Maza.

NAPC Secretary Liza Maza expressed grave concern over the spate of killings in the country after a number of religious figures and indigenous peoples have reportedly been murdered in recent days.

“Spending billions of pesos on the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program won’t help reduce poverty; providing basic social services and adequate jobs for the poor will,” anti-poverty chief Liza Maza said.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) reminded the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to stand by its earlier decision to place some properties of the Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI) back under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) amid tensions in the said areas between farmers’ groups and the provincial police.

NAPC Secretary Liza L. Maza urged the housing agencies and local government units (LGUs) to expedite the process of granting security of tenure to urban poor communities residing in areas reserved for socialized housing purposes by presidential proclamations.

Anti-poverty Secretary Liza Maza urged the government’s housing agencies to immediately resolve the shelter needs of the urban poor during her visit at the ‘homeless camp’ of the evicted Pasig floodway residents in Mendiola, November 3.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will conduct the Mindanao launch of its campaign for the fulfillment of the ‘10 basic needs’ of Filipinos, called Kilos SAMBAYANAN or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, and one of these ten needs – peace – takes a particular importance as the city of Marawi slowly rebuilds from the destruction of a five-month-long war.

“The country should devote prime agricultural lands for food production and social justice for farmers should not suffer at the whims of landlord-oligarchs and multinationals,” Secretary Liza Maza said as the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted its nationwide campaign to address the ’10 basic needs’ of Filipinos in Mindanao, October 25.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) awarded a replica of the Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty to the municipality of Anini-y in Antique for successfully reducing its poverty incidence level to 18.5 percent in 2012 from 45.4 percent in 2009.

October 18, 2017
Statement of NAPC Sec. Liza Maza on Manggahan Floodway Demolition

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) views with grave concern the demolition of about 500 urban poor houses along Purok 4 of the East Bank Road of Manggahan Floodway, Pasig conducted today, 18 October 2017, and the forced relocation of these households to low-rise buildings without decent amenities in the area.