Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/PHILIPPINES – Unemployment and new poverty: lockdown due to the pandemic has a serious economic and social impact
Manila – The pandemic and the lockdown imposed to contain Covid-19 have a serious impact on millions of destitute, marginalized or people who survive thanks to a daily wage in the Philippines. According to experts, the crisis will have strong economic repercussions and create millions of new poor people, worsening economic and social inequalities. This is what Catherine Dela Cruz, Catholic volunteer engaged in Manila in assistance and solidarity programs promoted by the Church, confirms to Fides: “The poor are experiencing the uncertainty of food supply and the certainty of hunger. The poor communities in urban areas are heavily affected by the community quarantine. Many have lost their jobs and, with the lockdown imposed since 15 March, many have no way of obtaining food”.