Akbayan members protested in 15 areas all over Metro Manila clanging their pots and pans, against worsening poverty as the latest SWS survey showed that 12.2 million Filipino families rate themselves as poor in a time of rising inflation and price hikes of basic goods.

“Walang awat ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin kaya’t walang tigil din ang paglobo ng bilang ng mga pamilyang gutom at naghihirap,” Sharon Francisco, mother and Akbayan community leader said. (The prices of basic goods are rising non-stop that's why the number of families who are poor and hungry are on the rise too)

“Nakakabahala na nagsimulang 10 milyong naghihirap na pamilya lang ang naitala ng pamahalaan na kailangan ng ayuda sa simula ng taon. Dahil sa kapabayaan ni Presidente Pahirap na solusyonan ang taas-presyo, dumami pa lalo ang naghihirap na mga pamilya,” Francisco added. (It's alarming that the government has only catered to 10 million poor families for cash aid at the start of the year. Because of President Poverty's (referring to Duterte) negligence, more and more families are suffering.)  

“May mga hakbang ng pwedeng gawin ang administrasyon para maibsan ang problema ng mga mahihirap, lalo na ang pagpapatigil sa TRAIN Law. Bakit nagtulog-tulogan pa rin ang gobyerno?” Ferdinand Labayne from Akbayan Manila said. (There are steps that the administration can already do to ease the suffering of the poor, especially with stopping TRAIN Law. Why does it appear like they are sleeping on the job?"

“Kung hindi tayo pinapatay sa dahas ng administrasyong ito, pinapatay tayo sa gutom. Hindi kami titigil sa pangangalampag hanggat kumilos na ang gobyernong ito laban sa kahirapan,”  Labayne said. (If the government won't kill us in their violent campaigns, it will kill us of hunger. We won't stop protesting, making noise until this government does something against poverty.)

Mothers and urban poor leaders held the noise barrage in Puregold Sta. Mesa, Manila City, in Toda terminal, Sandiganbayan, Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City and more than 15 areas around Metro Manila as the country observes the National Week of Overcoming Extreme Poverty. The #NasaanAngMalasakit (#WhereIsTheCompassion) campaign is also being done in major cities in Metro Manila, Bacolod, Bicol, Cebu, Zamboanga and Dumaguete. ###