COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in the Philippines

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

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.

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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 1.3 million food packs and over 926,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Before the pandemic, 14-year-old Raymark had a passion for teaching other children about God. At his Compassion center, he often learned Bible stories and verses, knowledge he would use every Friday when hosting a Bible study for his friends. His passion only grew when COVID-19 hit the Philippines. The virus caused churches to close their doors, and Raymark knew he and his family would miss hearing Bible stories, singing and praying. So, he assigned himself as his neighborhood’s pastor.

Every Sunday, Raymark gathers his family and neighbors at his house to study the Bible and worship together. His family has even gotten involved in leading what they call “simabalay,” which means “church at home.” His mother leads prayer and his little sister, 7-year-old Ritchel, leads the worship songs. And of course, Raymark makes sure everyone wears a mask.

“Let us just trust in the Lord and never lose hope. Do not forget him and do not stop serving him even in these trying times,” says Raymark.

How can I pray for the Philippines?

Pray for families who are struggling to afford food and supplies for their families as they go for months without work. 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 Critical Program Needs Fund
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