COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Philippines

Support local nonprofits responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Philippines


Issue AreaDisaster

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Give2Asia is partnering with trusted nonprofit organizations to support frontline health workers and institutions responding to the coronavirus pandemic.


From March 2021 to the first week of April, the Philippine government once again imposed strict quarantine measures in the capital (Manila) and nearby provinces. The lockdown was meant to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that was already overwhelming the health system.

While the lockdown is seen to help control the spread of COVID-19, it also harmed  the economy as businesses slowed down operations and unemployment rates continue to spike. The so called “National Capital Region” bubble is the largest economic region of the Philippines economy, and the total number of people impacted by the lockdown measures are estimated at about 26 million.

As of May 2021, the Philippines has recorded 1.11 million cases of COVID-19 with 18,562 deaths. Vaccination is underway, with almost 2 million people receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Philippine schools remain closed to contain the virus, and millions of Filipino students and educators face the challenges of remote learning due to limited resources.


Give2Asia’s disaster response program funds both immediate needs and long-term recovery. Currently, our funding priorities in the Philippines include: 

  • Emergency medical supplies 
  • Peripheral support for frontline health workersincluding meals, transport, and temporary shelter 
  • Livelihood support for vulnerable groups 

FEATURED PARTNERS (partial list)

Our local NGO partners in the Philippines include: 

Caritas Manila 

Caritas Manila, through its Caritas Damayan Program, works through local parishes to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Project Damayan needs funds for food relief packs and hygiene kits.

Caritas is also looking at expanding support to include livelihood assistance for beneficiaries with selling experience. With the capital assistance, beneficiaries are given the freedom to propose his/her desired livelihood. When the proposal is feasible and can be helpful to the family of the beneficiary, they will be provided a capital assistance worth five thousand pesos (5,000) for each family.

Philippine Business for Social Progress 

PBSP’s COVID-19 efforts are focused in 3 areas:

  • Food pack distribution: Php 750/$15 a pack, with rice, vegetables, dressed chicken/fish, monggo, eggs, sourced from partner farmer cooperatives
  • Reusable masks sponsorship via Mask4AllPH: a pack of 10 face masks (P300/$6) for urban poor families. These masks are made by community sewers from Quezon City and Cavite.
  • Learning continuity: P25K/school package ($500) consisting of 100 reams of bond paper (or ink when needed) plus the year-long data load for 2 teachers for selected schools.

Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

PDRF helps families that were economically displaced by the pandemic through distribution of groceries/grocery vouchers. For this, PDRF engages with other non profits such as Caritas Manila and ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.

Save the Children (Philippines)

Save the Children provides specialized support to different areas in the Philippines depending on the priorities identified by the communities. These are determined through needs assessment via consultation and online surveys. Areas of support include hygiene kits, installation of handwashing facilities, meals for frontliners, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment or PPEs. Save the Children also provides information, education, and communication materials on good hygiene, health, education, child protection, parenting tips, and at-home-activities to help families cope with the crisis.

Teach for the Philippines

Teach for the Philippines raises funds for Learning Community Microgrants for partner schools. Microgrants typically funds school-based remediation programs, capacity building programs for teachers, and bridging programs for disadvantaged students. Grants also support mobile data subsidies, purchase of Wifi modems and additional printer ink cartridges.

FundLife International

FundLife is providing access to emotional support and educational resources for highly-vulnerable adolescent girls affected by the pandemic. Their programs include:

  • ‘Safe-at-Home’ packs to protect young people while at home. These include mental health resources, resilience activities, protection resources, mentorship access and basic hygiene and communication access
  • ‘Learn-at-Home’ packs to ensure young people stay in learning: Includes access to educational videos, education packs focusing on keeping healthy and committed to their education
  • ‘Community Learning Spaces’ to give children access to teachers and mentors. With physical schools closed for over 400 days, children are being left behind due to the digital and educational divide. FundLife is creating safe community learning spaces bringing teachers, mentors and students together to ensure they are keeping up.


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In July 2020, Give2Asia published a report on the first 100 days of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about it here.

About Give2Asia

Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised giving to the Asia-Pacific. Our mission is to strengthen communities in Asia by making cross-border giving easier and more effective. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than $420 million of charitable grants across 23 countries. Give2Asia is a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California with offices in Beijing and in-country experts across the Asia-Pacific region.