In a recently-conducted online survey, 65 percent of Filipinos believed “the national economy of the Philippines would be affected” by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The immediate effects of the pandemic and the ensuing quarantine are now being palpably felt by self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs, who are now struggling to cope with the “new normal”.

In response to this, the Philippines’ pioneering online tax filing and payment website Taxumo ( has expanded its #TimeforHOPE initiative with the “Passion Forward” online sessions.

The very first session entitled “HOW TO KEEP EARNING DESPITE COVID-19: Finding Multiple Income Streams for Creative Professionals”, will feature artist/illustrator Ella Lama. The event is happening this May 20, 2020, Wednesday, 8 pm, via Facebook Live on Taxumo’s Facebook page (

Lama has previously facilitated “Creative Career Roadmap” workshops for artists and entrepreneurs, wherein she discussed the basics of pricing, self-promotion, and business.

Her work has appeared in Uppercase Magazine, Bravery Magazine, Compound Butter Magazine, Dear Lois Magazine, They Draw and Cook, They Draw and Travel, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Katha Magazine, Working Mom, and Real Living. Her clients include Ayala Land Inc., Toblerone Philippines, Nescafe Philippines, Artline PH, Simbalion PH, Raintree Restaurants, Nayong Pilipino, and Department of Trade and Industry—Go Lokal, among others.

She has also served as a typography jury member for the 98th ADC Annual Awards.

The “Passion Forward” online sessions is part of Taxumo’s #TimeforHOPE initiative, which stands for Time For Helping Other Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

This campaign aims to help the many Filipino self-employed professionals and business owners tide over the economic and personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on everyone’s financial, physical, and mental well-being.

Explains EJ Arboleda, CEO of Taxumo: “During these uncertain times, we at Taxumo believe that helping people goes beyond alleviating the economic burden this pandemic has caused. We must collectively build an environment where we can hope for a better future, as we empower ourselves and our communities toward creating more meaningful work beyond this crisis.”

The #TimeforHOPE initiative will also substantially reduce the rates of the subscription packages on Taxumo across all tiers, allowing these professionals and business owners fulfill their tax obligations without breaking the bank.

Professionals and Business owners can get up to a maximum of 80% discount from their plans. All they need to do is to share with Taxumo the story of how their business has been impacted by COVID-19 by emailing or chatting with them via the chat box in their website.

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