Bagong Pag-asa Ngayong Bagong Taon

Saliksik at mga Salita ni April Evangelista

“Kung gusto talaga nating mapuksa ito [ang COVID-19]; ‘yong talagang makabalik tayo sa normal, dapat tayo mismo’y magsimula sa kaniya-kaniyang mga sarili na sundin kung ano ‘yong mga tamang gawin.”

Ito ang isa sa mga naging panawagan ni Angelica Sarondo, isang ICU nars ng isang pribadong ospital sa Pulilan, Bulacan.

Walong buwan na ang nakararaan nang siya’y magsimulang manilbihan bilang ICU nars sa naturang ospital at kasabay rin ng kanyang bagong trabaho ay ang patuloy na paglaganap ng kinatatakutang virus ngayon sa buong mundo.

Bago siya mapunta sa kasalukuyang pinagta-trabahuan, siya’y dalawang taong nagbigay-serbisyo sa isa pang pribadong ospital sa Malolos, Bulacan matapos makuha ng lisensya bilang nars. …


Why PPEs Are Important to Health Care Workers

By Dana Eunise Cruz

Despite the danger of the pandemic and difficult situations, millions of health care workers continue to work and risk their lives to save others.

These sacrifices don’t just end in them reporting to work amid a pandemic, but also sweating under layers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in hours-long hospital shifts.

As of December 2020, more than 13,000 health care workers have already been infected by the virus, said a report from ABS-CBN News. At one point, they made up one in every five COVID-19 cases in the country.

Meanwhile, the number of health workers who passed away due to the illness reached at least 76. …


Protecting The Mind Amidst The Chaos

By Audrey Garin and Benidict Prodon

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.

Image for post
Image for post
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

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. …


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

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.

Paulo Dela Rama 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.

Image for post
Image for post
Poster by Rannel Valdez

However, tourism went dark as ECQ was placed. It restricted leisure and any outside activities. …


Behind the Guns and Bullets

By Janelle Boquida and Kristian Rivera

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.

Police Corporal Bartolome Bangibang has been with the police for eight years in the same position.

Image for post
Image for post
Poster by Hazel Nobleza

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.


Ang Tawag ng Pangangailangan

Isinulat nila Phoebe de Leon at April Evangelista

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.

Image for post
Image for post
Paskil gawa ni Hazel Nobleza

Tulad ng nakararami, sa social media’t telebisyon unang narinig ni Patrolman John Tadeo ang balita ng mga taong na-oospital dahil sa kakaibang sakit na nanggaling sa Tsina. …


By Coleen Danielle Natividad

Edited by Phoebe de Leon

Image for post
Image for post
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.” …

About

The Frontliner Today

We exist to document the lives and stories of our frontliners, who have devoted themselves to saving the lives of Filipinos during times of crisis.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store