“We only get P1,500 a month,” says Papa Domeng, a barangay health worker in Tayabas, Quezon for 28 years. Before, they received nothing. He walks a few kilometers – crosses criss-crossing rice padies – to help indigent families living in far corners of the municipality get some basic health services.

(In photo: Papa Domeng, Ate Josie and Aya as we went to one of the farthest households that the BHWs of Tayabas are monitoring.)