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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                  How Filipinos are coping with COVID-19 effects
As of this writing, thousands of people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the pandemic that continues to threaten
mankind. I do not want to put anymore statistics here that could sow more fear to an already scared world. Suffice
it to say that this virus is changing the lives of people and societies everywhere, threatening a global economic
depression, and making us realize that all people are equal, that there is need to connect to a Supreme Being in
search for hope of survival, and that we should now focus on helping each other, regardless of who or where we
The Philippines has not been immune from the ill effects of COVID-19. In fact, while the increase in death statistics is minimal in comparison to
that of other countries, particularly the US and those in Europe, there remains the threat of more cases considering the lack of testing kits and the
inability of hospitals to handle and accommodate patients.

As in many other countries trying to save as many lives as possible, the Philippines has imposed stringent rules to avoid further spread of the
virus. Metro Manila, for example, is on Extreme Community Quarantine (ECQ) or total lockdown, just like some other local government units found
with a few positive COVID-19 patients. ECQ areas prohibit the residents to go out of their homes, but allow only one adult per household to
purchase necessary food supplies and /or medicines during specific times/days in a week at certain places where food and meds are available.
Every household in every barangay or barrio has been issued a Quarantine Pass or ID for the purpose. Public transportation (air, land, and sea)
has been suspended, and only private or privately-hired vehicles on land are allowed, with only one passenger per vehicle. International travel
has been severely affected, as foreigners are banned to enter the country and those still here are allowed to leave. Only transport of food supplies
and other basic necessities are allowed to help keep people’s basic needs met. Social distancing of about a meter in every purchasing place is
strictly implemented, and social gatherings are strictly banned. Only these places are allowed to open: hospitals and clinics, wet markets,
supermarkets and groceries, pharmacies, banks and money remittance centers. Schools and all business establishments not included in the
priority list are closed, keeping almost all activities anywhere at a stand still.
The Philippine government’s actions to combat COVID-19 have so far
helped avoid the spread of this contagion quickly. But still, the
pandemic has created a lot of stress, especially to people who are
daily wage earners and the majority of Filipinos who are at or below
poverty level. To assist the Filipino families cope with this dire situation,
local governments (barangay, municipality/city, and province) have
been distributing food items for every household, consisting of rice,
noodles, and cans of sardines. Private, wealthy companies are doing
their share by donating, manufacturing, or producing important items to
keep people alive and well. Churches have likewise been active in this
regard, personally distributing goods and gift certificates to their
parishioners in their own homes.
DNC on Rise in Anti-Asian Racism Amid
COVID-19 Pandemic
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Fueling Fear and Hate
Across America
By DeShawn Blanding and Danyelle Solomon
Since the first report of COVID-19 on American soil, Asian Americans,
especially Chinese Americans, have endured physical and economic abuse at
the hands of their classmates, neighbors, and fellow citizens. Earlier this
month, in New York City, a woman was physically assaulted while walking to
the subway. For weeks, hate groups and elected officials at the highest levels
of government have used racist scapegoating language to stoke fear, bias,
and blame. These actions have produced a rash of hate incidents and
xenophobia targeting Asian Americans. If left unaddressed, hate, like any
virus, will continue to spread. Lawmakers must act now to combat
misinformation, mitigate hysteria, and protect vulnerable communities. --
DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC CEO Seema Nanda, and DNC Vice Chair
Grace Meng released the following statement:

“Our world is in crisis. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people have
lost their jobs, their savings, and even their lives. In this time of
crisis, we must come together as Americans. Unfortunately, Donald
Trump has stoked the flames of racism by insisting on calling COVID-
19 the ‘Chinese virus’ and equating Chinatowns in the United States
with China. Words matter. Words have consequences. And words like
Donald Trump’s are dangerous.. --
By Trevor Sutton, Jordan Link, and Anna Lipscomb

The rapid spread of COVID-19 is a global crisis on multiple levels. First,
and most crucially, it is a public health crisis with the potential to
cause billions of infections and millions of deaths if left unchecked.
However, it is also an economic crisis. The measures required to
contain the virus and prevent catastrophic death tolls will profoundly
reduce economic activity and create unemployment and loss of income
on a vast scale, while straining already fragile health care systems and
social safety nets in every country affected by the pandemic.

Even under the most optimistic scenarios, American workers and
businesses will suffer major economic disruption in the coming
months. Likewise, the international community is facing these same
unprecedented challenges. The economic responses of other
governments grappling with the novel coronavirus, especially those at
more advanced stages of the outbreak, offer crucial lessons for U.S.
policymakers. --
A National and State
Plan To End the
Coronavirus Crisis
By Zeke Emanuel, Neera Tanden, Topher Spiro, Adam Conner, Kevin DeGood,
Erin Simpson, Nicole Rapfogel, and Maura Calsyn
The Trump administration has failed to develop a coherent, evidence-based
plan to end the coronavirus crisis. Because the administration did not take the
pandemic seriously when cases first emerged in the United States, our
response is now far behind that of countries such as South Korea; as a result,
our death toll will be far higher.* Although President Donald Trump reversed
course and extended the federal government’s physical distancing guidelines
from April 12 through April 30, the guidelines are not aggressive enough. April
30 is still too early, and the steps necessary to ease restrictions have not
been laid out. Most importantly, we need to act now to ensure the country has
developed the necessary health infrastructure to allow us to gradually reopen
our economy. A comprehensive, multifaceted plan is needed to reopen the
economy without sparking a second wave of infections. --
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leaders Uplift the Community Through Resources on Health Education and
Support for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Recently, prominent AAPI leaders gathered for a virtual press briefing to discuss the effect of the
COVID-19 pandemic on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

With a need for community health resources, support for small businesses, and the rise of anti-Asian sentiment, lawmakers
and community advocates have been working hard to educate and protect the health and safety of all communities including
the AAPI community.

“I want to thank APIAVote and TDW+Co for hosting today’s press call to share the critical work that Asian American and
Pacific Islander leaders all across the country are doing to ensure that AAPIs remain safe and healthy during this global
pandemic,” said Representative Judy Chu of California’s 27th District. “Unfortunately, xenophobia has been on the rise as
COVID-19 continues to spread, and there have been over 1,000 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination reported in the United
States in recent weeks. It’s why I have repeatedly spoken out against xenophobia related to COVID-19 at every chance I get.
And it is why CAPAC introduced a resolution led by Rep. Grace Meng to denounce harmful terms like ‘Chinese virus,’
‘Wuhan virus,’ and ‘Kung-flu’ that perpetuate xenophobia and make Asian Americans less safe. The AAPI community must
continue to stand united in our efforts to denounce anti-Asian bigotry and ensure our community remains safe from both the
spread of this virus as well as the discrimination it has incited.”

“We must ensure that all Americans, regardless of immigration status, have access to treatment and testing,” said Juliet K.
Choi, Executive Vice President of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. “Moreover, during this historic
national emergency, it is consequentially important to get clear, accurate, and easy to follow information and instructions, in
as many languages as possible, into the hands of our community and faith-based organizations, and our health care
providers and emergency responders.” --