Bonding in the Barangay: The Philippines
In the Philippines, where natural disasters and poverty are a continuing issue, people depend on their barangays for help and assistance. Barangays are the smallest administrative units in the country, carrying out various services, from health and welfare to disaster management. In Manila's Chinatown, community ties are especially close due to a history of persecution of people of Chinese descent under Spanish rule. We focus on one barangay's community bonding in the lead-up to Christmas.
Binondo — the oldest Chinatown in the world
Richard Gaw, the chairman of Barangay 301
The barangay provides a range of support services
Barangay volunteers rushing to a fire