Stalls that sell everything from bread to children’s toys pepper the narrow streets of San Roque in Metro Manila in the Philippines. The neighbourhood is under threat of demolition to make way for a commercial development. Photo: Maro Enriquez

Threat of eviction and forced demolition hangs over poor families in Philippine capital Manila – a familiar story

  • Thousands of people in San Roque, a neighbourhood in Metro Manila, face an unenviable choice: accept relocation or compensation for demolition of their homes
  • The ‘Save San Roque’ campaign opposes the plan, fighting for the people and encouraging them to resist in the best way possible – by owning their own homes
Topic |   The Philippines

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Stalls that sell everything from bread to children’s toys pepper the narrow streets of San Roque in Metro Manila in the Philippines. The neighbourhood is under threat of demolition to make way for a commercial development. Photo: Maro Enriquez
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Myrna Salazar collects pagpag at Joe’s Junk Shop in Payatas. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In Philippine slums, meat scavenged from dumpsters feeds those short of meals and hope

  • Consuming pagpag leads to stunted growth in children, and heightens the risk of acquiring hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid
  • Despite the government’s incremental success at reducing poverty, eating and selling pagpag is a way of life in slums like Payatas
Topic |   The Philippines

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Myrna Salazar collects pagpag at Joe’s Junk Shop in Payatas. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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