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8 November 2020

In the morning, we were supposed to return to Manila via the plane we took going to Virac but it was cancelled due to bad weather in Manila and postponed to the following day. Instead, I visited my UNICEF colleague Pete in San Andres. Pete works in the Programme Operations Support Hub of UNICEF Philippines. He has been working remotely from his hometown in Catanduanes since the COVID-19 pandemic started. We went around his village to see the damage. We tried looking for fresh fish to cook but the fishermen’s boats were all destroyed. Pete said they hid in the cabinet during the typhoon.

Geo Lapina with our UNICEF colleague Pete Loyola who lives in Catanduanes