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Sarah Dilangelan, President of the Women’s Federation of Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao, shows the finished Inaul gown to the two women in Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao. These women are part of the cash-for-work support program by Oxfam and Rural Development Institute of Sultan Kudarat, with the support from The People of Government and Japan and UN Women. (Photo: Princess Tarroza/Oxfam)
Ma. Victoria R. Raquiza of Social Watch Philippines wrote this opinion piece to emphasize the vital role of social policies, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable families reeling from the impact of the pandemic. Raquiza shared her reflections during the webinar organized by Oxfam...
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to our way of lives. For one, work-from-home arrangements have turned our homes into our workspaces, creating a dilemma about when work exactly begins and ends each day.
B-READY participant receives her prepaid card in Barangay Burak, Salcedo, Eastern Samar. (Photo: Myleen Ogana, PDRRN)
The Covid-19 crisis is not the only emergency the Philippines is facing. The economic slump triggered by the pandemic is happening alongside the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards and climate-related disasters, and worsening pre-existing social vulnerabilities.
Bai, HBCC Stigma Stories (Illustration: Vina Salazar/Oxfam)
Thirty-two-year-old Bai was supposed to fly abroad for work when the Philippine Government declared a country-wide lockdown including the temporary suspension of thousands of international and domestic flights. Bai had prepared for her departure for a long time, but all of her plans took a sudden...
Ben, HBCC Stigma Stories (Illustration: Vina Salazar/Oxfam)
Ben, 36, is a community organizer with an NGO helping people find jobs and creating sources of income in his hometown, Cotabato City. When the pandemic began, his role shifted to mobilizing Barangays (townships) to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus through hygiene awareness sessions that...
Stitching Up the Economic Wound of COVID-19: The Women Sewers of Kamuning Public Market
The Kamuning Public Market was closed last March when an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was declared to slow the spread of COVID-19. Only food vendors were allowed to sell. Seamstresses like 61-year-old Lina Arroyo had to stay at home--a mandate she found hard to follow.
Lynda, HBCC Stigma Stories (Illustration: Vina Salazar/Oxfam)
Thoughts of loneliness and anxiety ran through Lynda’s mind as she volunteered herself to enter into self-isolation. What transpired not only disrupted her work, but meant not being able to attend to the child she was breastfeeding.
Haifa, HBCC Stigma Stories (Illustration: Vina Salazar/Oxfam)
Haifa is one of the many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) forced to go back home when the pandemic began. She had been working as a domestic helper in Oman for the past three years. Her contract had expired and the lower demand for OFW domestic helpers made her decide to go back to the Philippines...
The COVID-19 Roadblock: Community quarantines isolated communities but cut farmers off from markets and consumers
The COVID-19 Roadblock: Community quarantines isolated communities but cut farmers off from markets and consumers
Market vendors needed to sell to their customers confined at home. Motorized rickshaw drivers needed a new route to earn money. An app and a community initiative brought them all together. (Photo: Ana P. Santos)
Market vendors needed to sell to their customers confined at home. Motorized rickshaw drivers needed a new route to earn money. An app and a community initiative brought them all together.

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