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Collective Actions Philippines

Vendors in Bacolod protest against mandatory swab tests

In a September 24, 2020 article published by Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, it was reported that several vendors from the Libertad Market are planning to skip the mandatory swab testing being implemented by the government. Several individuals have raised concerns about the possibility of testing positive and being prevented from earning income for their families. The […]

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Philippines Economic

Bacolod business owners calls on LGU to end lockdowns

The Bacolod Employers’ Union (BEU) has called on the government to end the lockdown in the city. In a post published by the BEU today, September 30, 2020, it showed a copy of a letter addressed to Bacolod mayor Evelio Leonardia. Aside from the lifting of lockdowns, the organization also asked for a stimulus package […]

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Philippines Human

7.6 million Filipino families went hungry amid COVID-19 crisis

7.6 million (or 30.7% of all) Filipino households have experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the last three months, according to a poll released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) this September. The figure is a 2.4 million increase from June. Twenty-two percent or roughly 5.5 million families have experienced moderate hunger (at least […]

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Philippines

Hydroxychloroquine can dramatically ease the COVID-19 crisis

Last September 17, 2020, the Concerned Doctors and Citizens in the Philippines (CDC-PH) held a press conference entitled Flatten The Fear. Their goal? To call for the end of all lockdowns and the implementation of a national protocol for early treatment of patients with COVID-like symptoms. [See videos below if you wish to understand the […]

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Philippines Collective Actions

Filipino doctors: Lift all lockdowns and allow our people to begin to rebuild their lives

The following is a unity statement crafted by several concerned doctors and citizens in the Philippines. In it, they tell the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, that there is a solution to the coronavirus. They said, “We now know that the best immediate solution for the Philippines is a dramatically effective, safe, inexpensive, readily available, evidence-based […]

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Philippines

More Filipinos begin to question the mainstream COVID-19 narrative

More Filipinos are awakening to the many false narratives about the new coronavirus and COVID-19 being peddled by governments and mainstream media. In a recent “excursion” through Facebook, we saw regular citizens posting insights which echo some of the points we have been repeating since we first established this website. We know that many of […]

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Philippines Human

The silent pandemic: rape and domestic violence

In this article published on June 17, 2020 by Vera Files, author Elizabeth Lalorga talks about the increased incidence of rape and domestic violence during the lockdown, when victims were trapped inside homes with their abusers. The article cites the Philippine National Police report which recorded 602 rape cases from March 17 to May 23. Editor’s Note: Being […]

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Economic Philippines

Jollibee to close 255 stores

Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) has announced that it will close 255 stores after suffering from a net loss of 11.96 billion pesos for the first six months of the year. By closing some of its stores, the company hopes to rebuild its business in order to meet the change in consumer behavior brought about by […]

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School and Children Philippines

4 million Filipino learners not going back to school this year

Education undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that at least 4 million learners are not coming back to school this year due to continuing COVID-19 threat. To address this concern, the Department of Education is planning for interventions that will give non-enrollees access to various opportunities for learning.  Editor’s Note: We are now seeing the negative impacts of the […]

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Philippines Economic

Philippines officially in technical recession as economy shrinks by 16.5% in Q2

The Philippine economy is experiencing its greatest contraction in two decades following the extension of lockdowns in the country. The Reuter poll in June projected a 9% decline in economy, but official figures are now much larger, now pegged at 16.5%. Economic planners are now projecting an annual shrinkage of 5.5%. Editor’s Note: For non-economists, such […]