Tin roofs, recycled timbers and empty rice sacks used to cover walls, garbage in the streets, busy streets, thousands of passenger jeepneys , advertising ads in overpasses and bridges, sidewalk vendors to complete, these are just common scenes you will see in streets and in squatter areas in Manila, Philippines. People from provinces moved to Manila looking for a greener pasture, but unfortunately some are not lucky enough and end up living in squatter areas which ends up becoming so populated and overcrowded. Some families in these areas life status are below average and would be considered in a poverty line.
Common livelihood includes pedicab pedicab,tricycle and jeepney driving and others from collecting scraps like metals and sold it to sustain daily living with the minimum family members of 5 and up. There are other communities lived by the sea ports where they rely their livelihood in begging on passengers getting out of the ship.
I am not being so judgmental here and not talking in general but I am just seeing whats the reality is. A common picture being seen in the streets of rural areas , are hanging clothes all around the place, where people try to fit the whole family of eight for example in a 20 sq m area. Street children are everywhere, selling candies and cigarettes in a dangerous busy traffic.
But for some, there’s nothing else more to ask for however tough life is as long as families are together, contented and satisfied with what life they have.