Want to donate fish to community pantries? DA is ready to help you

Published April 20, 2021, 5:05 PM

by Betheena Unite

It may be a good idea to put fish on those trending community pantry tables, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday, April 20.

A total of 50 kilograms of tilapia fishes from Rizal fisherfolk were donated to Quezon City Community Pantry. (Photo from PAMALAKAYA / FILE PHOTO)

According to the DA, the stabilization of fish supply and prices in the metropolis should allow Filipinos to purchase fish in bulk and then share it to others via the community food drive.

“They can go to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and buy in bulk the fishery supply and we can help them bring it to those areas. The logistics, we will cover,” said Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and Fisheries Cheryl Marie Caballero during a press briefing.

“We are appealing to our kababayan, who would like to bring in those fish supply, make them available to our communities through this platform and we will be more than willing to facilitate that kind of linkage,” Caballero added.

DA Spokesman and Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes also said that DA Secretary William Dar “supports the community food initiative” and bared that they are now in the process of crafting a similar program in partnership with KADIWA.

Various community pantries have sprouted in Metro Manila and in the provinces to provide food and supplies to lesser fortunate Filipinos, taking inspiration from the community pantry in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.

Maginhawa Street is a famous foodie destination among young adults.