COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in the Philippines

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

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Amid an alarming surge of COVID-19 infections, the Philippine government extended its lockdown of Metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces until at least April 11. With more than 10,000 new infections reported daily, hospitals are unable to meet the demand for care, and the government announced on April 5 that it would set up mobile intensive care units around the capital city. As of April 6, the country had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate 0.4% of its 109.2 million people. In-person instruction at schools and universities is suspended. Once it resumes on a trial basis, students will attend for half days in order to decrease crowding and risk of infection.

Compassion partner churches and child development centers are still closed for large group activities, but in some districts, children and youths are able to meet at centers in small groups while following safety guidelines. Center workers continue to give relief supplies to families and children. They have been able to distribute more than 1 million food packs and almost 622,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, over 107,000 people have been provided with medical support during this season.

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A Message From National Staff

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 all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Some centers are hosting small group meetings for children and youths. Staff members continue to make home visits and phone calls to check on children and families. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 1 million food packs and almost 622,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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Andy, a youth pastor in the Philippines, remains hopeful despite news reports predicting that more than a million young people in his country will lose jobs or miss the opportunity to be employed due to the pandemic. He is determined to inspire the young to stay positive and trust God.

“We must not lose hope amidst the pandemic,” Andy says. “God’s promises of blessings remain true and he has great plans for each one of us, especially the teenagers.”

Like the young people he serves, Andy grew up in poverty. He got involved with the wrong crowd and abused drugs and alcohol. But then he met the Lord through a Bible study and his life changed dramatically. He went to seminary and now serves as a leader at a Compassion partner church.

Before the pandemic, Andy had started several youth-focused programs that were forced to be put on hold due to the restrictions. Nevertheless, he continues to mentor and encourage the young people during these fearful and uncertain times, telling them, “You are the Lord’s treasured possession. Stay focused on God and continue to build your relationship with him.”

M-jay, a 16-year-old Compassion-sponsored boy, is grateful for Andy’s efforts. “We have our online discipleship class every Monday evening and I am never absent,” he says. “He is really a good example and an inspiration to us. Through our online discipleship meetings, we are taught to always pray, read the Bible and trust God.”

The same wise lesson is shared by Compassion throughout the Philippines. A recent survey revealed that the top concerns among church partners are lack of finances, shortage of food and unemployment. But when asked how they are handling the crisis, the youth answered profoundly: by praying, reading the Bible and trusting God.

How can I pray for the Philippines?

Pray for frontline church partners as they continue to serve children and their families in unprecedented ways due to the pandemic; please pray for their safety and creativity in working within COVID-19 guidelines. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

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