Poverty Reduction

The Programme promotes and enhances partnerships with government, civil society and the private sector to reduce poverty and achieve the MDGs by 2015. As of 2009 the Philippines had a poverty incidence of 26.5% of population against a 2015 target of 16.6%. This means that from 2010 to 2015, an estimated 10 million poor Filipinos must rise above poverty.

Our Goals

Through advocacy, technical assistance and capacity development, the Programme will ensure that (a) MDGs are monitored and mainstreamed in development plans and policies; (b) policies and schemes for social protection and inclusive and greener growth will be promoted; (c) access to and use of revenues from environmental and mineral resources, and overseas remittance for local development will be facilitated; and (d) local poverty reduction convergence efforts will be strengthened.more

Pledge to end poverty

Members of indigenous people’s groups in Isabela City in Basilan pledge to contribute to poverty eradication during the 2009 Global Stand Up campaign, which earned for the Philippines a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and a special citation at the 2010 MDG Summit. (Photo: City Government of Isabela)

Our Stories

  • Established home vegetable gardens in Conner, Apayao. Native vegetables and root crops are possible alternative/complement to rice. (Photo: UNDP Philippines)

    Putting food on the table through SAPAT
    vegetable garden

    Like many housewives in the poor province of Apayao in the Philippines, Betty Nadnaden had difficulty putting food on the table for her growing family. Timesmore

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  • An average of 3,700 Filipinos leave daily either to work abroad or migrate permanently, making this sector the country's top dollar earner in the last two decades. (Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Pimentel, Office of the Governor of Ilocos Norte)

    Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development Project: Building a future back home

    Jojo delos Santos is a 47-year-old father of two from Bohol province, in central Philippines. Each year, Jojo leaves the warmth of his family to spendmore

Projects and Initiatives


Philippines Poverty Environment Initiative: Environment and Natural Resources Revenues and Benefits for Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainability – Phase 1 and 2

The Philippine Poverty-Environment Initiative focuses on poverty reduction and sustainable development by integrating pro-poor agenda and environmental concerns into development planning and decision-making process. It aims at demonstrating that, if managed properly and sustainably, natural resources can propel the country to a path of an inclusive and sustainable development. more


Overseas Filipinos Diaspora Remittances for Development: Building a Future Back Home

This project addresses the goal of harnessing the potential of overseas remittances for poverty reduction and consequently, local economic development. more

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Contact UNDP in the Philippines
Corazon Urquico

Team Leader
MDGs and Poverty Reduction Team
Email: corazon.urquico@undp.org
Phone number: (632) 9010229
Fax Numbers: (632) 9010200, (632) 8897177

Human Development Reports
2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report

The 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report with the theme Geography and Human Development is the 7th in the series of Reports which began in 1994. It focuses on geography and human development and examines whether and how sub-national human development outcomes across time and space have been directly or indirectly influenced by physical and environmental processes, features and phenomena (and vice versa), and what policy issues arise if any.

2013 Human Development Report

The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.