Last Updated: 07/27/2021
As July 18, the Philippines is reporting an average of 5,047 cases per day, a decrease from the 6,000 recorded in June. Over 15 million vaccine doses have been administered, enough for 7% of the population. The president of the Philippines has loosened lockdown restrictions, allowing some tourism and expansion of essential businesses. Religious services and celebrations are still banned. Many people remain without work and necessities such as food due to earlier lockdowns. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4 million Filipinos have become unemployed and 8 million have had their hours reduced. Schools remain closed, but the Department of Education has released the potential start date of August 23 for in-person learning.
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. Most centers continue to make home visits to check on children and their families, while a few throughout the country are limited to phone calls and supply drop-offs. Center workers continue to give relief supplies to families and children. They have been able to distribute over 1.3 million food packs and over 926,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, nearly 160,000 people have been provided with medical support during this season.