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‘Manila’s Poor Under Lockdown’: Philippines in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Philippines Manila Lockdown

In the Philippines, almost 13 million people live in Metro Manila, the center of economy and government. It is estimated that a third of them are living in informal settlements or are homeless, and are either working in the informal sector or are unemployed. Social welfare is inadequate, and is limited to cash grants far less than what is needed to survive.

The video “Manila’s Poor Under Lockdown” delves into the fears of vendors, jeepney drivers and homeless people as the megacity shuts down amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Produced by the Manila-based Tudla Productions as separate video narratives, EngageMedia remixes it into one piece.

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About the Author

King Catoy is the Video Lead of EngageMedia. He is an independent documentary filmmaker and alternative media practitioner in the Philippines.