MANILA - A worn-out mattress and a backpack are pretty much everything Thelma Pelaez and her 2 young children own, as she continues to struggle in the capital 15 years after leaving her Davao hometown.
Pelaez's plight illustrates how job creation and infrastructure development have failed to keep with with fast-growing urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific, according to a World Bank report.
"Maganda sana dito sa Manila kung andito mga magulang mo, may may bahay ka tapos may tarabaho ka," Pelaez told ABS-CBN News.
(Life can be good here in Manila if your parents are here and if you have a house and a job.)
Some 75 million people in the region live on less than $3.10 (P160) per day, the bank said adding China, the Philippines and Indonesia account for "bulk" of the region's urban poor, according to the Washington-based lender.