Dead-End Street

Tondo and Ulingan slum

The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is one of the cities in the region of Southeast Asia that is rapidly developing and is more and more like a real modern metropolis. However, this 12-million metropolitan city on the coast of the South China Sea has its own dark side.

The Quarters Tondo and Ulingan, located in the northwestern capital, are home to about 600,000 people (of which 1,500 are in settlement Ulingen), who live in densely packed shabby houses. Most of them are migrants from various provinces all over the country who came in search of a better life, but their fate become even more dificuilt. Faced with unemployment and a tough street life, their chances of climbing social ladder are very small. Those who work, mostly depend on modest daily wages (about $ 9) doing jobs like port workers, tricycle drivers or street traders. However, the inhabitants of Ulingan settlements survive in even more difficult conditions by working an extremely difficult and unhealthy environment. In the cloud of dense black smoke, in improvised ovens they burning wood and making coal. Children in this vicious circle of energy poverty do not have elementary conditions to attend school. In addition to making coal, people from Ullingan do another very dangerous job. By burning secondary raw materials and computer components they search for precious metals, copper or silver. This smoke, toxic and almost intolerable to inhalation, seriously threatens to endanger the health of people forced to earn living on this way. As a result of this way of life and work, identified a number of types of diseases, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid, asthma, bronitis, lung cancer.
Children playing billiard in Todno slum, Manila, Philippines, 2013.