This website is an information hub that streamlines different citizen-led initiatives in Manila to support frontliners and families at risk.
In Metro Manila, the government has put all citizens in an enhanced community quarantine, meaning non-essential businesses cannot operate, public transport is suspended and checkpoints all around NCR. Many people are forced to stay home for safety purposes, but with this, many people also want to offer help, such as us, And A Half, a design studio from Metro Manila who are fortunate enough to work from homes and still hold our jobs.
We noticed that there are many initiatives, donation drives raising funds for PPE's, test kits, mobilizing frontliners and helping less-fortunate families to sustain themselves throughout this difficult time. We were inspired by the efforts of the citizens, and how action-oriented they became in this time. In Filipino, we call this 'bayanihan', which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. We wanted to consolidate the available information, and use design as a tool to inspire more people to help.
We've designed this website not just to improve the experience of donating and creating information hierarchy, we are also configuring a way to design a heat map out which hospitals, areas are in need most. You can find the website here: www.helpfromhome.ph
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In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
Through this, we felt that we could play a more active role in helping our frontliners and families-at-risk who are battling the virus everyday. Being privileged enough to stay at home, it's also important to find ways to contribute our existing skills and knowledge through this difficult time.
In what ways did you share this information?
We created a simple social media campaign around this, sharing it with friends and luckily was picked up by multiple media platforms in the last couple of days.
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
I feel like the local government, with the Department of Health can improve how they disseminate reliable information, and how they're helping Local Government Units fight and deal with COVID. There is a lot of misinformation, but also lack of transparency on how we are dealing with this, such as the release of the budget, number of tests conducted, etc.
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
Another issue we have here in the Philippines is misinformation in various cities and provinces outside Metro Manila. There is a lot of fear, but not enough information that is trickled down to the team.