Philippines rewards the poor as Asia’s income gap widens

Posted By on May 1, 2012

(Reuters) – Fe Capco and her five children live in a shack with no running water along a dirt track in eastern Manila. She earns about $100 a month washing clothes and her husband used to bring in about $70 a month driving a motorcycle taxi until he went blind.

But things are better than they used to be.

Through a program in the Philippines called Pantawid Pamilya (Family Subsistence), 3 million poor households like Capco’s get small grants from the government if they keep their children in school and take them regularly to health centers. [full story…]