CRS Philippines conducted an assessment on the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on household’s’ food security, local markets and supply chain from March to April 2021. The assessment was designed to compare the results with the food security assessment conducted by CRS in May 2020, to see how vulnerable households have been impacted after ten months of community quarantines in the Philippines. The assessment took was conducted in five municipalities which are: Metro Manila, Maguindanao, Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Northern Samar.
Although the household situation in terms of food security seems to be improving when compared to May 2020 when the COVID-19 community quarantines and restrictions had been in effect for two months, the households, especially the poor and vulnerable households who are the main targets of this assessment, continue to face everyday challenges posed by the COVID-19 circumstances. This is confirmed by limited food stock of less than one week for 60.71% of households having food shortages, the Food Consumption Score that does not record any improvement when compared to last year but rather a worsening situation in Basilan and Maguindanao and half of the households interviewed having a food security crisis.