The Serve The People Brigade-Cordillera Disaster Response Network (STPB) and the Health for the People Brigade appeal for your support for immediate economic and medical relief of communities in Baguio City and Cordillera provinces, informal sectors and displaced workers (vendors, construction workers, drivers of public utility vehicles, musicians, visual artists, and other groups), stranded students, and health workers and health volunteers that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
In the Cordillera, the lockdown has caused the livelihood displacement of thousands of people who are now running out of money to buy food, medicines and other basic household necessities. Despite the need for home quarantine, many are forced to go out to buy food and medicines and are thereby vulnerable to contracting the virus. Many also go out to try to look for money for their survival after almost two weeks of lockdown without income. Health workers have been running out of protective equipment. Vegetable producers are going bankrupt due to the drastic drop in the prices of vegetables and the low demand caused by the inability of most people to buy their products.
If the lockdown continues for a few months, the survival of indigenous peoples and marginalized sectors are at stake not only from the threat of COVID-19 but from hunger and the absence of other basic needs.
In an effort to help health workers and indigenous families in Baguio City cope with the crisis, the Serve the People Brigade – Cordillera Disaster Response Network and the Health for the People Brigade were immediately activated by the different peoples’ organizations that compose these networks. The following activities were launched:
We shall be utilizing your support to continue our efforts in helping our fellow indigenous peoples and marginalized sectors in Baguio City and Cordillera provinces. Financial donations will be used to purchase food items, basic medicines and vitamins, protective equipment, and bath soaps.