| Jun 27, 2023
PAGA Report Nov2022-June2023
By the first quarter of 2023, the children were back in school. To help them transition from almost 2 years of living in a virtual mode to a face-to-face environment, PAGA found it critical to implement its Stress Management and W.A.S.H. (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) Campaign.
Our registered Social Workers determined that while the transition may be a stress point, a heavier one would be the impact of the pandemic on the economic situation of their family. Some parents lost their employment while others were their source of whatever little businesses they started prior to the pandemic.
The back-to-normal mode of the country did not ring positive for a lot of Filipinos, given that businesses had to recover margins. The families of our beneficiaries were not spared from this, making it a challenge for them to make ends meet for almost 2 years and into the present. The need to keep food on the table and spend for school requirements and other essentials puts pressure even on the beneficiaries.
It is a situation where they ride with the back-to-normal wave, but unfortunately, without the economic support to go with it. And therefore, aside from the monetary benefits given to student beneficiaries, we saw the need to provide psychosocial guidance through the conduct of Stress Management “Love Yourself” workshops so they can cope with the change and stay on track to complete their education.
The back-to-normal situation has also ushered in a sense of complacency toward hygiene and sanitation. This is why it was necessary to embed WASH in the minds of the beneficiaries to help keep them healthy and raise awareness of how most illnesses, not just COVID, are caused by unsanitary practices. Attachments: