PAGPAG: And How KFC And McDonalds Are helping Them:


Have you ever realized how people use McDonald’s waste for livelihood? If yes, then this article is definitely for you. Check out


story of two sisters

 We came across their heartbreaking story while visiting the slum in Tondo(Philippines) recently. Careful at first, they decided to let us into their lives and slum homes, and it quickly became clear that the issues they faced went beyond earning money. Poverty, severe malnutrition, and disease is an everyday reality for Marjorie and Tasyana’s family.


dark truth of kfc and mcdonalds

As we went deep into their lives, we learned how indirectly McDonald’s and KFC are helping them run their homes so how fast-food chains like KFC, Mcdonald’s are permitting them. To know this first, we have to understand what pag pag is a dish made by Filipino people, so how this pag pag is made come let us know.


pagpag making

There are a few groups of pagpag having different owners. They hire 3 or 4 pagpag collectors and pay them 6 or 7 dollars depending on how much they have collected the waste food.

These pagpag workers give their best to collect more waste food from dumps of various outlets of KFC, McDonald’s to earn more money.

After collecting it, they wash the food until its dirt is completely gone from the meat. They remove bones and other miscellaneous things. They pack in plastic bags and sell them to the clients. For 50 cents because of poverty slums, people have to eat this. Pagpag is widely famous in the Philippines because of poverty. Next time, whenever you throw unfinished food, just think about the children who sleep hungry.


money making food

Even if you go to a restaurant in the Philippines, they prepare pagpag in traditional Filipino cooking, such as pagpag à la kaldereta or adobo.

This shows that Marjorie and the Tasyana family are suffering from extreme hunger. Still, most people in the Philippines are going through a rough phase.

And now, pagpag is becoming a profitable business to various restaurant owners who buy meat and chicken from pagpag collectors.


pag pag food

All who eat this food know where it comes from, and they don’t even fear feeding it to a one-year-old baby. They have no other choice for those living hand-to-mouth. Pagpag is better than none at all.” the way we live here this helps in many ways. When you buy a bag worth a few pesos, you can already feed one whole family,” one slum resident has Said.

All in all, the consumption of garbage food is potentially harmful to health. To stop the rise of pagpag, the government has addressed the issue and developed several policies. After CNN reported on pagpag, the truth of the hunger problems in the Philippines was brought to the attention of the world. Since then, numerous documentaries have been made by many media houses on pagpag.


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