COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in the Philippines

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines

Last Updated: 07/02/2020

The Philippines is now under Modified General Community Quarantine, which has allowed for some businesses to reopen. However, Cebu City and Talisay City have returned to a stricter quarantine status because of a surge in cases. As typhoon season continues in the region, local governments face potential struggles, including the possibility of having to evacuate people under quarantine. Additionally, an estimated 2.5 million Filipinos have lost their jobs during the coronavirus lockdown.

Compassion partner churches and child development centers are still closed for group activities, but some centers are beginning to plan how to meet while following strict health protocols. A limited staff from each center is working to provide relief goods, and has been able to distribute 314,674 food packs and 131,302 hygiene kits. Additionally, 16,178 people have been provided medical support during this season. Church staff members are providing counseling and making follow-up visits where there are suspected cases of abuse. The centers are providing alternative learning and home-based activities for beneficiaries, including coloring books for children and journals for youths.

megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Philippines’ National Director

Hear from Noel Pabiona, National Director of Compassion Philippines, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in the Philippines.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in the Philippines?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in the Philippines, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in the Philippines are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 314,674 food packs and 131,302 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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While Compassion-assisted children have always been taught to wash their hands, the practice is more important now than ever. That’s why Sally Sapalo, director of New Life Center for Children, in the Philippines, ventures out each week to the crowded squatter communities to remind the children she ministers to just how important hand-washing is.

“We make sure that our children and youth are reminded of the things that they should do at home and that they will be provided with the supplies needed for health and hygiene,” says Sally.

On a recent trip to hand out soap and groceries, Sally visited the home of John, a 9-year-old boy registered at the Compassion center where she works. Sally spent a few minutes showing John and his parents how to wash their hands properly, and John promised to follow his teacher’s instructions.

“Though it is a challenge to go from home to home each week, we still continue to do this because this is right,” says Sally. “In this simple gesture, we are keeping our children and youth safe at home and away from the threat of COVID-19.”

How can I pray for the Philippines?

This month, will you join us in praying for the people of the Philippines as they deal with the added danger that comes with typhoon season? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in the Philippines
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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