Supporting social enterprises in the time of COVID-19
The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) joins the development sector’s efforts in battling the threats of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that has affected the country.
To alleviate the impact this pandemic has brought to social enterprises, PEF allotted PHP 8 million for relief efforts to its partner communities in different provinces affected by the crisis.
According to PEF Senior Area Officer Bong Soto, “during the early stages of the pandemic, what they need most were relief goods, especially food items. The need for rice was put in the limelight because people cannot go out and not all areas are rice-producing so they need to source outside their community or more specifically, in town or commercial centers”.
From Cordillera to Zamboanga
As of April 10, 2020, PEF has supported 14 partners in nine provinces across the country, benefitting 6,000 households.
Aside from food items, masks and hygiene kits were also provided to families that were hit by the community quarantines being enforced in their respective provinces.
PEF also helped urban poor communities and homeless people in Metro Manila numbering around 700 families and homeless individuals through partners, Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center and Simbahang Lingkod Bayan.
“While PEF is focused on rural areas, we are also working with NGO networks which are usually urban-based and working with the urban poor sector, that’s why we were able to extend support to urban dwellers affected by the pandemic,” Soto added.
Recognizing the plight of medical front liners, PEF, through Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation provided 660 personal protective equipment to Marikina Valley Medical Center, Inc.
PEF also supported Bayanihan Musikahan, an online concert series raising funds to address the food and personal protection needs of the most vulnerable Filipinos in NCR.
In line with the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, PEF continues to operate through a work-from-home arrangement. It is also an active participant in a CSO-led coordinated relief response to COVID-19.
“Despite the operational limitations, we will continue supporting community social enterprises during this crisis,” it said on a statement.
“Let us work together to defeat the coronavirus and heal as one.”