Cebu folk cite community pantries as big help

Published April 21, 2021, 4:55 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—A big help.

Some residents had this to say after community pantries started to sprout in various areas here.

Residents said they were happy that community pantries have spread to Cebu after gaining prominence in Metro Manila.

“We are happy with this because this is a big help for us,” 81-year-old Lydia Caburnay said in Cebuano after visiting a community pantry in Barangay Tisa early Wednesday morning.

Caburnay went home with a kilo of rice, a pack of noodles, an egg, a pack of coffee, and a few canned goods.

Sheryl Evarola said receiving free goods is a big relief for them after her husband lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a big help for our daily consumption. It has been a struggle for us after my husband lost his job,” Evarola said.

The putting up of the pantry was spearheaded by one Alexander Cabatingan.

“He just told us that a pantry party will be launched. We bought the items needed for the pantry and we started displaying last Tuesday,” said Redgie Torres who was tasked to man the pantry.

Torres encouraged other people to put up their own community pantries to help those who were badly affected by the pandemic.

Community pantries were also spotted in Barangay Guadalupe here and Cordova off Mactan Island.

Police Col. Josefino Ligan, chief of the Cebu City Police Office, said community pantries are welcome as long as health protocols will not be violated.

“It’s a good display of bayanihan,” said Ligan.