As the spirit of bayanihan is rekindled among Filipinos, more and more community pantries are being set up to help those who were adversely affected by the imposition of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite (NCR-plus) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, April 25, the Kababaihan Kakaiba ng Mandaluyong (KKM), with the support of the Mandaluyong City local government, opened a number of community pantries in four barangays in District 1 to provide provisions to more people. The pantries are located in Barangay Addition Hills, Daang Bakal, Highway Hills, and Poblacion.
“Ito ay mula sa konsepto ng Maginhawa Community Pantry na may ideyang “magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan” (This concept was patterned after the Maginhawa Community Pantry’s “give based on what you can, and get based on what you need”),” the local government said in its Facebook post.
“Patuloy nating patatagin ang pagbabayanihan at pagtulong sa kapwa lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Sama-sama at tulong-tulong, makakabangon tayo (Let’s continue to strengthen the spirit of bayanihan and the act of helping others especially during this time of pandemic. Together, we can rise as one).” it added.
The LGU also reminded the public to observe the minimum health protocols in going to the community pantries to prevent the spread of infection.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos said on Wednesday, April 21, that there’s no need for a permit in opening a community pantry in the city but urged those who wish to open one to coordinate with barangay officials to ensure that the safety protocols will be followed.