When the Philippines implemented a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, life in the fishing village of Suba in the town of Argao in the central Philippines became difficult.
Fishermen still go out to fish for their daily sustenance.
The rice, cans of sardines, and packs of noodles given by the government are not just enough. The government’s promise of cash assistance to poor families has still to materialize.
Going out to sea, however, is no guarantee for a good catch. In recent years, the fisherfolk have been complaining of lesser catch due to the changing climate and even pollution.
“It seems that the fish are also in quarantine,” said one villager in jest.