How is Life in the Philippines During the Pandemic

Ianna Brosas, Contributor

The Philippines is known as a tourist attraction country and a lot of people from all over the world go here to visit the beaches, learn the culture, and have fun. The Philippines was acquired by the US in 1899 and used to be under their control. As a result, there were bases all over the Philippines, with the biggest base located in Subic. However, on July 4, 1946, the United States gave them their independence.

On January 30, 2020, the first COVID-19, case was identified Chinese woman who was confined in one of the hospitals in Manila. It was the first covid case that was outside China. In short, the Philippines was the first country that had covid, especially because it’s a tourist spot country. The Philippines locked the whole country and put people in quarantine on March 16, 2020. A lot of people are still suffering because of it, especially since the Philippines is a poor country and a lot of people don’t have something to eat. A lot of workplaces have started to close and everyone doesn’t have work so everyone is always waiting for their relief goods, but the relief that they get is not enough for a whole family, especially large households with a lot of family members. 

According to my family and friends, they are having difficulties with things that they need for their daily life. Locked down in the Philippines is different from the U.S. They closed everything: market, stores, restaurants, and they even have checkpoint and military curfew all over the country; if they are seen after the curfew they can’t go home and they are being punished if the person that is caught is underage their parents are being summoned and there’s going to be a penalty for it. Now the country is not accepting people without a Philippine passport. In short, no one can go in if you’re not a citizen of the country. Even if you’re born there and you have for example a U.S. passport you cannot still go in. 

The covid cases now in the Philippines 362 thousand people and increases to 1, 468 people today, 313k recovered and 6, 747 deaths increase 57 people. But they are a city that is starting to open because their cases are decreasing. They took out the checkpoints and passes that you need to bring in order to go out. It’s Phase 3 now in the Philippines. They are allowing more businesses to open and people aged 15-65 can go out and go to the mall, but they still need to wear their protective gear. But you can last up to 11 hours minimum time inside the mall and it’s still social distancing.