Support to the National Response to contain the impact of COVID-19

Situational Analysis and Strategy

The Philippines is among the most impacted countries by COVID-19 in ASEAN. The number of cases continue to rise dramatically with some estimating that as many as 150,000 people will be infected in Metro Manila alone. To contain the spread of the virus, the Government put in place an enhanced community quarantine, together with other containment measures. The government has also announced a fiscal package of enhanced social protection measures for vulnerable workers and affected sectors, including a cash aid programme for 18 million low-income households. The country is estimated to lose between 3% and 4% of the GDP in 2020.  COVID-19 is already significantly impacting on consumption – a main driver of the economy – and has had visible effects on tourism, trade, and remittances, given that COVID-19 has hit hard the country’s main trading partners, source of tourists, and destinations for migrant workers. The country’s fiscal position will worsen with the loss of revenue and increased spending and borrowing required to manage the crisis. The socio-economic impact, while expected to affect most aspects of the economy will potentially deepen inequities for the most at-risk groups women-headed households, poor, informal workers, IDPs, ethnic minorities, and those in the post-conflict regions of Bangsamoro and the regions recently affected by the overlapping natural disasters.  These will carry a disproportionate burden. The UN system in the Philippines is working to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the vulnerable population and communities. UNDP has been asked to lead the collective UN efforts to address the socio-economic impacts by supporting the government to better target and increase the efficiency of its amelioration program.


Areas of interventions  

Socio-economic Impact and Recovery

UNDP is enabling a data driven response to the crisis.  With DICT, UNDP will establish a data warehouse that will draw in and analyse public and private sector data to assist the Government’s recovery planning and targeting measures. UNDP is also using a combination of online interactive surveys and data scraping from social media to obtain a clearer picture of the socio-economic impacts.

Inclusive and Integrated Crisis Management and Response  

UNDP is working with the National and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao governments to establish crisis program monitoring and evaluation platforms. To assist efficient and transparent amelioration payments and financial inclusion, UNDP will undertake a rapid demonstration pilot of biometric registration, cash transfers through a digital wallet and financial literacy training.   



Strengthening Health Systems and Procurement Support

UNDP is supplying ventilators to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and offered to give Government access to its Global Health Supplies procurement capacities. It will help to improve supply chain management systems by supporting the expansion of local manufacturing and through an online platform to match local manufacturers of essential supplies and equipment to health facility demand.

Financial Resources

Areas of Intervention

Resources Required  

Resources Available

Resource Gap

Socio-economic needs assessment and response

US$ 1,176,300

US$ 817,300

US$ 359,000

Inclusive and integrated crisis management and response

US$ 2,217,577

US$ 1,920,075

US$ 265,830

Health System Support

US$ 2,293,040

US$ 433,040

US$ 1,860,000


US$ 5,686,917

US$ 3,170,415

US$ 2,484,830


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