With hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, 2020 truly is a challenging year. The Government is doing its best to return life back to normal and keeping everyone safe as they venture out of their homes by reminding everyone to avoid unnecessary travel, large gatherings, and to observe strict social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene.
As the National Health Service (NHS) deals with the effects of the virus, several Filipino healthcare workers have passed away due to the virus. We extend our most sincerest condolences to the friends and families of our fallen Kababayans, and implore our readers to include these heroes and their families in their prayers.
The June issue of Yes! Philippines features stories about the Filipino Communities, who have shown unparalleled compassion by raising funds for our fellow Filipinos that have been affected by the pandemic. In Kildare, Ireland, the Filipino community raised over €200,000 for the children of their fallen Kababayan, who has succumbed to COVID-19. While the non-profit organization, Derby Bayanihan Productions, helped isolated and sick Filipinos by delivering them essential goods.
Our June issue also features two Filipino-owned businesses: Manila Supermarket and Romulo Cafe. Both of them are doing their best to follow the government’s return to work safety measures, while providing a taste of home to their customers through the delivery of their products.
We also featured the new dedicated NHS Bereavement and Trauma Telephone Support Line for Filipino staff impacted by the pandemic. It is a free service aimed to support workers experiencing anxiety or emotional issues in the performance of their duties during the pandemic crisis. If you’re an NHS worker experiencing any hardships, please don’t hesitate to contact them and get the support you need.
Truly the Bayanihan Spirit of the Filipino people lives on in the midst of these trying times. With the coronavirus affecting the globe, we can only help each other to get through these hardships.
Stay alert, keep our distance, wash our hands, think of others and play our part.
Keep safe and healthy, everyone!