Coronavirus in the Philippines: Hope in Short Supply Amid Pandemic and Economic Collapse












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Jebrix Labitoria in July 2020: A life gone off the rails because of the virus.



Jebrix Labitoria in July 2020: A life gone off the rails because of the virus.


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Jebrix Labitoria with his partner Maridel Labausa: "Never try that again!"



Jebrix Labitoria with his partner Maridel Labausa: “Never try that again!”


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Security personnel patrolling the streets of Navotas City, in northern Manila



Security personnel patrolling the streets of Navotas City, in northern Manila


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




A free, mobile testing station in Manila



A free, mobile testing station in Manila


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Stranded in Manila: So-called Locally Stranded Individuals, or LSIs, waiting for someone to tell them what will happen next



Stranded in Manila: So-called Locally Stranded Individuals, or LSIs, waiting for someone to tell them what will happen next


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Priest Eduardo Vasquez: "The worst is still to come."



Priest Eduardo Vasquez: “The worst is still to come.”


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Father Vasquez walking through Caloocan. "It is important that the people don't feel abandoned by the church in these times."



Father Vasquez walking through Caloocan. “It is important that the people don’t feel abandoned by the church in these times.”


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Jobless Jeepney drivers in Caloocan: No help from the government. No food. Nothing.



Jobless Jeepney drivers in Caloocan: No help from the government. No food. Nothing.


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Living in the Jeepneys, which aren't allowed to drive at the moment.



Living in the Jeepneys, which aren’t allowed to drive at the moment.


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Church employees distribute food to the needy - 200 per night.



Church employees distribute food to the needy – 200 per night.


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Father Eduardo Vasquez checking in on a family with newborn twins



Father Eduardo Vasquez checking in on a family with newborn twins


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Father Vasquez with Jebrix Labitoria and his partner



Father Vasquez with Jebrix Labitoria and his partner


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL




Maridel Labausa, Jebrix Labitoria's partner, showing a photo of their son.



Maridel Labausa, Jebrix Labitoria’s partner, showing a photo of their son.


Foto: Veejay Villafranca/ DER SPIEGEL

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.





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