Living room (work print). Binondo, Manila. 2018. Photography by Teegee Villanueva
I am troubled by all the poverty in Manila. I worry about the children, and their parents, wasting away in the streets. They have nowhere to go, no place to call home. They sleep at the sidewalks outside abandoned buildings, asking for alms all day, every day.
More than 26 million Filipinos remain poor with almost half, or a little more than 12 million, living in extreme poverty and lacking the means to feed themselves, according to official government statistics for the first semester of 2015…[In] the first three months of 2015, 26.3 percent of Filipinos were found to be living below the poverty line, a measure of the minimum income required to meet basic food and nonfood needs
–DJ Yap, 12M Filipinos living in extreme poverty (The Philippine Daily Inquirer)
It’s 2018 and nothing’s changed. I troll the streets 4 times a week, and there they are, waiting out the days and nights in houses made of boxes. Government has failed to provide adequate housing, or welfare to address this crisis…they never bothered to explain why.