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.