Lawan | Workers First: The Philippine labor movement’s COVID-19 response

How did the labor movement in the Philippines respond to the worsening socio-economic conditions of Filipino workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

In an explainer produced for the project “Lawan: Alternative Grassroots Narratives in Southeast Asia,” Assistant Professor Benjamin Velasco, Co-convenor of the Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), discusses the state of the labor movement in the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the responses and initiatives of the sector in addressing the plight of workers.

Lawan Explainers are short-format videos where we explain principles, strategies, approaches, or theories central to Alternative Development. The explainer may be viewed in full on YouTube or Facebook.

“Lawan: Alternative Grassroots Narratives in Southeast Asia” is a project by the Program on Alternative Development of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, which features grassroots initiatives in Southeast Asia. Follow Lawan on its various social media platforms, which include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.