Decentralizing solidarity in the Philippines

2 months ago

Weeks before the Philippine government declared a “state of calamity,” Development and Peace’s partners were restricting in-person meetings and curtailing non-essential field work. Now, their staff are working from home, contending with limited public transportation or having to isolate themselves for fear of having contracted COVID-19. 

To ensure that vulnerable people receive the help they need in these difficult circumstances, Caritas Philippines is decentralizing the distribution of aid. Instead of coordinating humanitarian work centrally, it is asking parishes and dioceses affected by COVID-19 to set up “Kindness Stations” at the barangay (village/ward) level. 

At these stations, people are encouraged to take what they need, spare some for others and give what they can of basic essentials. By facilitating solidarity, our partners are thus helping communities cope with one of the worst crises in recent memory.