Local Convergence

Quezon City

Quezon City is the second most prosperous locality in the country. However, in this center of growth are enclaves of poor communities who live in precarious conditions. With economic situations further aggravated by the pandemic, 7 out of 10 people in Quezon City experienced a diminished inflow of funds. To make sure that they are not left behind, a coalition of urban poor groups, private foundations, and other NGOs are currently profiling the condition of these families. Help the ZEP Quezon City Convergence give a voice to these pockets of poverty!


  • 10,400 poor families (2018)
  • Poverty incidence decreased by only 1.7% in 12 years to 1.5%
  • High vulnerability: 69% of poor had less income during the COVID-19 pandemic
Local Convergence
  • Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP) and J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF) convened 11 organizations to form the Quezon City Convergence
  • Reviving family profiling and visioning activities
  • Plans underway to pursue public & private sector partnerships in line with family profiling results

Quezon City is the National Capital Region’s most inhabited city, housing 2.96 million people equivalent to 22% of the region’s population. Due to its population density, Quezon City has 10,400 poor families, the second-highest number in the region despite its low poverty incidence of 1.5%. This number is the lowest the city has seen in more or less the past decade, which was preceded by a consistent decline since 2006 (3.2%). An estimated half of the population work in administrative services and motor vehicle sale and repair. Situated at the heart of urban Manila, most of Quezon City’s residents have access to safe water and sanitary toilets, however, 188,540 families are considered as informal settlers while 707 are homeless.

Visualization of Available Poverty Data: Metro Manila

According to the ZEP-UNDP COVID Pulse PH Survey, 54% of the Covid Pulse PH respondents in Quezon City expressed in Q1 2021 that their income worsened compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, 59% have lost their jobs or were forced to close down their businesses. Despite the decline in income, few respondents have expressed a certain level of recovery from the pandemic, and reasons for improvement were attributed to going back to their previous jobs, having sideline work/businesses, and receiving support from the government. What remains to be the main obstacle to economic recovery is the sustained lower inflow of revenue.

COVID Pulse PH Survey Findings: Metro Manila

Through the ZEP QC Convergence, the Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP) has linked arms with other civic organizations to map out and assess the condition of 1,000 poor families in Quezon City in hopes of helping them voice out their vision for the future. The convergence first met in January 2020 with an initial group of 12 organizations. The openness among the members allowed them to collaborate and execute tasks smoothly. Understanding its unique situation, the convergence has decided to go at its own pace and prioritize the profiling of families with the goal of creating carefully tailored programs that answer to the communities’ needs.

Success Stories from the Field

When people think of extreme poverty, they often think about areas in far, distant rural communities. Cities are usually depicted or expected to have modern technology, high-rise buildings, and overall, a convenient livelihood. However, ZEP2030 saw the other side to this picturesque. It recognized the slums and the struggles of those trying to get by in the painstaking route to survival in the city.

In the attempt to pivot from the thematic clusters to local convergences, the 2019 ZEP2030 General Assembly segmented roundtable discussions to invite member organizations to identify particular areas they were interested in convening – one of which was Quezon City. Many of those organizations based in the National Capital Region (NCR) expressed their liking and participated in the first conversation that would eventually form the Quezon City Convergence.
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Map of Local Convergence Members

ZEP Quezon City Convergence Members

Assisi Development Foundation (ADF)
Community Organizers Multiversity
Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation, Inc (ERDA)
Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP)
J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. (JAAF)
Lao Foundation, Inc.
Manila Water Foundation
Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA)
Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)
Pioneer Adhesives Foundation, Inc.
Promised Land Child Development Center
RealLIFE Foundation, Inc.
World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.

ZEP Quezon City Profiling

To collaborate with the ZEP Quezon City Convergence, reach out to FDUP at fdup88@gmail.com