Lock down, start up: the digital firms cashing in on coronavirus quarantines in the Philippines

In just a matter of days, Jimwel Himor has gone from waiting tables for a catering company in Metro Manila to waiting in line at the supermarket as he does other people’s shopping. “It’s a good gig and helps me get the money I need,” said the sole breadwinner for his family. “At least while I don’t have regular work.” Himor is one of the thousands of Filipinos who recently signed up as a personal assistant on MyKuya, an on-demand services app based in Manila, after being furloughed by his…