Although the poverty rate in the Philippines has been decreasing, current government initiatives are not enough to reduce families’ vulnerability and to protect themselves against risks and losses to their income. This prevents children from enjoying their rights to quality education, good health and protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.
More than 13 million Filipino children—more than a third of all children in the Philippines—live below the poverty line.
The Philippines aims to reduce the poverty rate to 14 per cent by 2022. Without the safety net of social protection programmes, children living below the poverty line face multiple vulnerabilities that threaten their survival and growth. They easily end up suffering from poor health and malnutrition, reducing their potential as adults and the nation’s ability to provide a good and strong workforce in the future.