“Change begins because of people like you.”
This was Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte’s message to Maginhawa community pantry organizer Ana Patrica Non who inspired more than 300 others to put up their own pantries in their respective communities all over the country.
In an interview with ANC on Wednesday, Belmonte congratulated Non for what she has achieved with her single act of kindness.
“I think she [Patrica] has achieved so much, so much more than many of us here in serving the public including myself because she has brought something we were not able to bring and that is inspiration to our people and hope for our nation,” Belmonte told Non who was in the other line during the interview.
Belmonte also said Non reminds her of young female Nobel Peace Prize winners Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai who fought for something they believed in.
“In your case, you fought for the alleviation of poverty and for food security,” the mayor said.
The mayor also encouraged Non to keep doing what she does and that the local government will support her endeavors.
“Aalagan ka ng lungsod Quezon. (Quezon City will take care of you) We are proud to have you as our child,” Belmonte said.
Non, who was in tears upon hearing the mayor’s words, thanked the local government for its support.
In Quezon City alone, 70 community pantries have sprouted which were all inspired by Non’s act, according to Belmonte.