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In the time of COVID: Hello, Earth

April 22, 2020

Today marks the 50th year of the commemoration of Earth Day. Environmental activists vow that it will not just be a day but a movement. But in as much as we would want to manifest this human solidarity in a rally and mass gathering, we cannot – we are on our sixth week of a […]

The pre-COVID-19 plight of the poor and government’s old ways

April 22, 2020

BIRD FEED

Doesn’t the plight of the poor tell us that something is wrong with the way things are and needs fixing? That relief for millions of vulnerable households is still taking too long to arrive now that there is a public health emergency bares government’s long-standing unconcern for them.

Why do we keep on begging China for friendship?

April 21, 2020

BY ROSARIO GUZMAN

In the face of the Filipino people’s growing anxieties about COVID-19 and life after the lockdown, president Duterte keeps heaping praises on China.

On the sixth week of lockdown: Millions of Filipinos going hungry, suffer amid worst mass unemployment in history

April 21, 2020

NEWS

Millions of Filipinos are going hungry and suffering the worst mass unemployment in the country’s history as the sixth week of lockdown begins.

Emergency relief and COVID-19 response more important than debt payments

April 16, 2020

NEWS

Emergency relief for millions of Filipino families during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis is more important than mindless debt servicing.

As extended lockdown begins: Gov’t response stalled, stingy despite millions of Filipinos in need

April 14, 2020

NEWS

Poor households have struggled to survive four weeks of the enhanced community quarantine and will only endure greater difficulties during the two-week extension. The Duterte administration needs to let go of its burdensome bureaucratic requirements, increase funding, and expedite getting help to all families in need.

There’s funding to respond to COVID-19 – the problem is at the top

April 9, 2020

POLICY NOTE

The government can find the funding for COVID-19 response measures needed – on a scale many times over its Php275 billion program – if it genuinely wants to.

Ensure sufficient, safe and accessible water during COVID-19 crisis

April 8, 2020

WATER FOR THE PEOPLE NETWORK

POSITION PAPER | As more and more COVID-19 cases are discovered in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, and in over 200 countries around the globe, ensuring sufficient, safe and accessible water is more important than ever.

Less than 1/3 of 18M beneficiaries reached: Gov’t should expedite socioecon response under extended lockdown

April 8, 2020

NEWS

Nearly four weeks into the government’s military lockdown and especially with the two-week extension, emergency relief measures are still too slow and too small.