Stuck at home: The Philippines' senior citizens battle loneliness and isolation

Filipinos frustrated with the government's handling of Covid-19 crisis

Manila-- "Is it over yet? Is it over yet?"

“My dad never fails to ask every day if the pandemic is over. I feel a pinch in my heart every time he asks that question and I wish I can answer him 'yes,'" said Quezon City resident Helen Villaluz, who looks after her 88-year-old father.

Social isolation that breeds boredom and loneliness, coupled with decreased physical movement plague the Philippines' senior citizens, who are most affected by the government's Covid-19 lockdowns.

Exactly a year after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country under national emergency due to the pandemic, Covid-19 cases began to surge again in early March.