When the Philippines declared Enhanced Community Quarantine, it restricted the movement of 12.8 million people living in Metro Manila. It was a move to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, this strategy doesn’t fit well with the poor, whose livelihoods were stopped, causing hunger and distress. Moreover, rules on social distancing, nutrition requirements, and sanitation are too challenging for some people.
ISACC is one of the many groups that assisted in distributing relief goods to the most impoverished communities to cope with their lost income. They scheduled a Do No harm Orientation for the team to widen and deepen their understanding of relief services. Support and assistance to the poor are now not limited to the distribution and delivery of goods. If they genuinely commit to building direct relationships with the communities, they need to be guided with the Do No Harm principle.