Protecting The Mind Amidst The Chaos

By Audrey Garin and Benidict Prodon

Edited by Dana Eunise Cruz and Ysabelle de Leon

Frontliner sourcing by Jell Reyes

The Covid-19 pandemic has called for an immediate response to protect the physical health of the people. But this is not the case for the 51-year-old mother-of-three, Doctor of Philosophy, and psychologist Dr. Maria Isabel Lemen. For her, the pandemic has brought up another surge of need, the need to protect the mental health of the people.

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Poster by Sheen Ochavo

Dr. Lemen, who started in this profession in her 40s and is currently working under the Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) and in her personal clinic, highlighted that the psychology and the mental health field have been encountering challenges lately with the increase of mental health-related concerns brought about by the pandemic. …


The Tranquility of Mind and Soul Amid COVID-19

By Janelle Boquida and Kristian Rivera

Edited by Dana Eunise Cruz and Coleen Danielle Natividad

Frontliner sourcing by Lara Galang

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, we were forced to feel like outliers to our friends and family. The pandemic had taught everyone around the world to become strong and to activate resilience in humankind. The world was in chaos because of the pandemic.

We are still isolated in our homes and we are still given the restrictions of going out and interacting with people.

Mental health issues have doubled and rose when the COVID-19 took over the globe. The common thought that every mental health worker has is on how we can help ourselves in gaining tranquility and serene mind while fighting the pandemic. …


By Robert JA Basilio Jr.

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

The Duterte government is pushing for a bill cutting the corporate income tax in exchange for strict limits to tax perks enjoyed by investors. Economists however warn against eroding the revenue base at a time of a pandemic, when funds are needed the most.

What you need to know about this story:

● A proposed law will cut income tax rates to help companies preserve jobs during the pandemic.

● The bill will also remove the special 5% gross earnings tax enjoyed in perpetuity by investors.

● The Philippines is at the bottom half of an index measuring inequality, indicating lower spending for social protection. …


The New Normal of Commuting

By Benidict Prodon and Audrey Garin

Edited by Dana Eunise Cruz and Coleen Danielle Natividad

Frontliner sourcing by Jell Reyes

Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was enforced, a huge number of people were displaced from their jobs. However, government staff like Paulo Dela Rama continued to work under the threat of being infected with COVID-19.

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Poster by Rannel Valdez

Paulo is a tourism staff member in the City of Meycauayan, Bulacan. He works under the City History Arts Culture and Tourism Council (CHACTC), which is responsible for conserving historical places and promoting its rich history for people to learn.

However, since the pandemic, tourism went dark as ECQ was placed. It restricted leisure and any outside activities. Despite this, Paulo hasn’t stopped coming to work. …


Behind the Guns and Bullets

By Janelle Boquida and Kristian Rivera

Edited by Coleen Danielle Natividad

Frontliner sourcing by Lara Galang

To serve the people for security and peace is one of the given priorities of police men. These people spend miles away from their families, in order to serve the country. They currently serve in the frontlines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Poster by Hazel Nobleza

Police Corporal Bartolome Bangibang has been with the police for 8 years in the same position. Chief Bangibang, as he is known, has three kids and a wife currently residing in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. On the first time that they heard about the news on the pandemic, he was already frightened by the idea of catching the virus, which can infect his family and fellow police men. “Hindi namin alam ang aming kalaban” (“We do not know our enemy”), referring to the deadly and contagious virus. …


Ang Tawag ng Pangangailangan

Isinulat nila Phoebe de Leon at April Evangelista

In-edit ni Coleen Danielle Natividad

Pagkuha ng frontliner ni Lara Galang

Sa panahong abot-kamay lamang ng mga tao ang iba’t ibang pinanggagalingan ng impormasyon, hindi na gaanong katagal bago tayo makarinig ng samu’t-saring balita ukol sa pinagmulan ng krisis na ating hinaharap. Bago pa man tuluyang sumiklab ang sakit na COVID at naging pandemya, mayroon na tayong ideya na may paparating upang baguhin ang ating pamumuhay. May ilang sineryoso ang balita habang may ibang hindi naniwala’t nag-akalang ganito ang kalalabasan.

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Paskil gawa ni Hazel Nobleza

Tulad ng nakararami, sa social media’t telebisyon unang narinig ni Patrolman John ang balita ng mga taong na-oospital dahil sa kakaibang sakit na nanggaling sa Tsina. Katapusan na ng Disyembre 2019 nagsimula ang mga kaso ng ‘di pa kilalang sakit. Nang mag-deklara ng Enhanced Community Quarantine ang pangulo noong kalagitnaan ng Marso, alam na ng patrolman ang kanyang magiging papel sa haharapin ng bansa. …


By Coleen Danielle Natividad

Edited by Phoebe de Leon

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Project poster of Project TsuperHero. Poster by Project TsuperHero’s working committee.

Whenever I think of transportation partners in cities, I think of them as necessities for the city to be fully functional. Transportation partners bring people to their desired destinations, may it be taxi drivers, bus drivers, or even jeepney drivers — none of them are more important than the others.

Having the least income, jeepney drivers are the target of youth organizations in Cebu being one of the most affected groups of people during this pandemic. Thus, Project TsuperHero was born out of initiative by the youth of Cebu.

Two organizations are behind the project, namely ROTARACT (Rotary in Action) and the Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers, CIT-University Chapter (JPICHE). The group also plans to extend their project to other organizations that can support them. Their main beneficiary is Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) Cebu whose families would be receiving relief packs and face masks for their daily needs and livelihood starter packs for them to be able to start another stream of income. The project group’s target amount is 100,000 pesos to cater to the needs of the PISTON families. …


By Estrella Torres, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

The coastal towns of Dolores and Sulat in Eastern Samar constantly battle with the impact of extreme weather events such as storm surges, flash floods and typhoons.

Early this year, the leaders of the two towns were set to conduct training for emergency response teams, buy rescue equipment and early warning devices from their calamity funds, but the Covid-19 pandemic got in the way and wiped out their calamity funds to prevent the entry of the virus.

“The province was not ready to have a Covid-19 case,” said Manuel Catuday, head of Municipal Disaster Risk Resilience Management Office (MDRRMO) of Dolores. “We don’t have a government hospital, only a rural health center with one doctor.” …


By Coleen Danielle Natividad

Edited by Phoebe de Leon

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Poster by Renz Lalic

I founded two organizations just recently. As the world needs it, it has to take place and along with it is my amazement with the people I work with. This is a good thing because in every organization, the main asset of it is its people.

I have always believed that in order for a team to work, you have to capitalize on your people’s strengths. When I was interviewed for various roles in the corporate world, I have always said the same thing because it worked as a good leadership strategy for me in the past. I was a student leader for most of my life in school, and this leadership strategy kept people going in order to do what they have to do. I worked with people with different personalities, different backgrounds, and different interests, but when they were asked to work for their strengths, they comply and give more input. …


By Coleen Danielle Natividad

Proofread by Serina Mara Alonzo

The pandemic has shut down opportunities one by one for some people. Companies are losing profit, some people are jobless, and some people have suffered physically and mentally because of the pandemic. Depression rates are on the rise, and numerous COVID cases are being reported every single day. It might seem like there’s little hope, but some people are making ways to restore our hope that we can make it through despite everything.

2 Cebu-based organizations have started a program called “GugmaTabangSkuyla: #ParaSaTanan” to aid Cebu’s public education sector. These organizations are the Supreme Student Government League of Presidents (SSGLP) and Cebuano Youth Ambassadors Inc (CYA Inc). …

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