For BARMM, lockdowns and quarantines have caused work stoppages, reduced working hours and unemployment, hitting those in the informal sector – predominantly women – the hardest. Reduction in income has led to difficulty in accessing food, education, and healthcare. Almost 40% of respondents in a UNDP survey have family members dropping out of school. 62% felt that access to hospitals became more difficult. In addition to socioeconomic conditions, the pandemic has affected the peace and transition process. Together with pressures to social, economic, and political dynamics in BARMM, the COVID-19 crisis is aggravating existing and emerging vulnerabilities in the region.
Over 100 young Filipino innovators from all over the country gathered for the very first virtual Youth Social Innovation Lab held on December 1-3 and 7, to pitch their ideas that will address issues on social protection, digital divide, and green economy during pandemic. The online hackathon was presented by Youth Co:Lab Philippines, a program jointly led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation with makesense.
The United Nations Development Programme’s #HDR2020​ includes a new experimental index that offers a fresh understanding of how we measure human development progress -- one that places an emphasis on both people and planet.
The SalikLakbay Series is a collection of blogs and stories about Inclusive Innovation in the Philippines. The objective of the series is to bring to light the different ways in which innovators address their challenges with a combination of creativity and resourcefulness, how ecosystem enablers provide an empowering environment for innovators to flourish, and how policy makers are rethinking the future of inclusive governance in innovation in the Philippines.
The recently released Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines indicated that despite logging relatively lower COVID-19 cases in the last year, BARMM—a region which registered a 5.9 percent gross regional domestic product growth in 2019 and was enjoying steady economic gains before 2020—was still disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of its socioeconomic development and in aggravating existing and emerging vulnerabilities in the region.
Manila, Philippines – Despite the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, majority of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are still temporarily closed or are operating at decreased capacity—an indicator of the difficulties they are facing in getting back to their business operations according to the recent survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs in the Philippines.
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