As the whole world reels under the impact of the unprecedented health crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been little attention on its effect on grassroots communities and marginalized sectors. This is particularly important given the haphazard and erratic manner of some governments to contain the contagion given a situation where health systems are confronted by serious challenges in their readiness to confront a crisis of these proportions. While national reports are documented and macro numbers are often reported, there is a need to look more closely at underprivileged sectors and communities.
This report documents what marginalized communities in a select number of Southeast Asian societies are engaging in and how they respond to the pandemic. The results are varied, conditioned on the location, existence of community and sectoral organizations, and levels of social solidarity and collective consciousness.
This report is part of the cooperation of the Program for Alternative Development (AltDev) of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative Studies (UP CIDS) and RLS Manila with the title “Harnessing community- based responses in Southeast Asia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.” Aside from this report, AltDev has also produced multimedia content published through their social media platforms. Click here to learn about their social media platform.