As of August 2020, a total of 119,460 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 2,150 deaths and 66,837 recoveries have been reported in the Philippines. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is carefully considering the decision to revert the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila, taking into consideration the potential public health consequences and the socio economic impact on the overall country, as well as vulnerable groups whose livelihood have been negatively affected by the ongoing restrictions.
While the Enhanced Community Quarantine was designed to keep communities apart so that we’ll stay safe at home, it has the welcome side effect of reigniting our sense of community. Over the course of the past weeks, we’ve seen people, organizations, and even businesses band together to help those who have been affected by the ECQ. Among those who have answered the call to help are cooperatives all over the country.
As an institution that values volunteerism and cooperation, Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative sees this health crisis as an opportunity to further extend its services, resources and support. During this time we can fully realize our mission and vision as the leading cooperative not only on financial aspect but most importantly on social and community services. Barbaza MPC has done several activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in its ten (10) branches in Panay Island by contributing and augmenting with the government in its efforts and also to the lives of our members. The following support undertaken by the cooperative such as: