This community pantry on Matatag St. is offering free counseling, HIV testing

Published April 20, 2021, 10:03 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

A community pantry on Matatag St. in Quezon City has a more holistic approach in addressing people’s needs, offering not just food but also condoms, free HIV testing, and counseling to survivors of domestic violence.

(Kjerrimyr Andres / MANILA BULLETIN)

Kjerrimyr Andres, one of the volunteers in the pantry, said the importance of including these is that “while the lockdown continues, more women and members of the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender+) community are becoming victims of domestic violence.”

He said the pantry in Barangay Central, led by Marc Batac, expanded “to include the needs of different marginalized sectors.”

Andres also said they included condoms since “there are higher chances of pregnancies” because many people are staying at home due to lockdown.

“So it can help in family planning,” he said in Filipino.

For those who want to report domestic abuse, survivors may reach out to 09615090135, 09197777377, or 02 8863 0800.

For those who want to avail of free HIV testing, they may contact 09157016278 or 09560741884.

The Matatag Community Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It includes vegetables such as eggplant, squash, string beans; canned goods, pastries, diapers; napkins; eggs; instant coffee; among others.