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.

NAPC Secretary Liza L. Maza noted today that genuine agrarian reform is key to attaining food security in the country as well as to ending the decades-old armed conflict with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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:

"It is the right of all Filipinos not to be hungry and it is the right of every child not to grow homeless," National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Lead Convenor and Sec. Liza Maza stressed during the Kilos SAMBAYANAN Forum of government representatives and urban poor residents held in Sitio Anakpawis II Covered Court, Brgy. San Andres, Floodway, Cainta, Rizal on October 13, 2017. 

October 04, 2017
Edukasyon at Pakikilahok: Batayang Pangangailangan at Karapatan ng Mamamayan
Mensahe para sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Guro at Ika-Sampung Anibersaryo ng Paaralang Salugpongan ni Sec. Liza Maza, Kalihim/Lead Convenor, National Anti-Poverty Commission

Amphitheater, Brokenshire College, Davao City

Para sa lahat ng kabataang Lumad at Moro, mga magulang, mga guro, mga tagapagtaguyod ng karapatan at kagalingan ng pambansang minorya, mga kaibigan, at mga panauhin, maayong buntag kaninyong tanan!

September 30, 2017
NAPC Spearheads the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) 2017
Kilos SAMBAYANAN Laban sa Kahirapan

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.”

September 22, 2017
National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty
October 17-23, 2017

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When history repeats itself, the second occurrence is usually worse. Today, we commemorate the imposition of Martial law, a period that led to the debt crisis in the 1980s and the worst economic decline in the country’s history.

National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza said that the 2018 National budget will be used to fund the same neo-liberal policies and programs that have prevented the growth of the local economy, kept agriculture backward, and normalized labor schemes, such as labor contractualization.

“The space for reform has been narrowed to accommodate the few and powerful,” National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Sec. Liza Maza said on the rejection of Ka Paeng Mariano as DAR Secretary.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission joins the poor and landless farmers in calling for the confirmation of Ka Paeng Mariano as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The National Anti-Poverty Commission expresses its disappointment over the rejection of the appointment of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo to the DSWD.

Today, as we mark the National Indigenous People’s day, and the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the National Anti-Poverty Commission stands in solidarity with the Lumad and reaffirms its commitment to uphold their right to self-determination, and reiterate the call to end mining operations on ancestral domains.

“We commend the president for listening to the Filipino youth. This is a positive step towards the eradication of poverty in our country,” National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza said on the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

The Gender and Development (GAD) committee of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), in collaboration with actress and multi-media artist, Maria Isabel Lopez, and award-winning director Cenon Palomares, will produce a docu-drama film on the life story of Bai Bibyaon Ligkayan Bigkay, the only female chieftain in the history of the Manobo tribe.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission will launch its flagship anti-poverty reduction agenda, Kilos para sa SAMPUNG BATAYANG PANGANGAILANGAN (Kilos SAMBAYANAN), in a forum where the Human Development and Anti-Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC) will highlight their programs and projects on poverty reduction, on Sunday, July 16, at Brgy. 286 Delpan, Tondo, Manila.