Church leader cites community pantry initiative

Published April 20, 2021, 10:23 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Diocese of Pasig and Southwest Luzon Regional Representative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara cited the growing community pantry initiative as a genuine example of compassion and concern for others.

The initiative, he said, is a concrete display of concern for those in need made possible through the help of kind-hearted individuals. Vergara reminded those availing of goods from the community pantry to be mindful of the safety health protocols at all times to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The community pantry initiative is a good sign of concern and compassion for the needy. I would just like to remind everyone to take extra precaution and observe strict health protocols to prevent the further spread of the virus,” Vergara said over Radio Veritas.

With the slogan, “Kumuha ng ayon sa pangangailangan at magbigay ng ayon sa kakayahan,” the community pantry initiative started in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City and has since been adopted in some areas. Everyone is free to get goods at the pantry based on their need or to donate whatever they can.