At-sea ‘bayanihan’: Coast Guard’s floating pantries set sail to help Filipino fishermen

Published April 30, 2021, 11:17 AM

by Richa Noriega

Defying the limits of the land to exemplify the “bayanihan” spirit, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has set up floating community pantries in the middle of sea in Surigao del Sur, Zambales, and Camarines Sur to help fishermen who were affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Personnel of the PCG Substation Tandag personally manned the floating food banks in the vicinity waters of Barangay Bongtud on Thursday, April 29, as they distributed fresh vegetables to at least 80 fishermen who came for free supplies.

PCG, NAMAHAGI NG SARIWANG GULAY SA MGA MANGINGISDA NG TANDAG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR Hindi bigas o canned goods, kundi…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Apart from the distributed vegetables such as pechay, sayote, lemongrass, onion, tomato, garlic, and ginger, the fishermen also received half a kilo of chicken meat to share with their families, the PCG said.

The PCG Substation Tandag said they distributed fresh vegetables to encourage residents to eat nutritious food amid the COVID-19 threat.

Meanwhile, actor and PCG Auxiliary officer Gerald Anderson joined personnel of PCG Substation Botolan as they sailed to distribute food packs for fishermen in Zambales through “Bayanihan sa Karagatan” project.

BAYANIHAN SA KARAGATAN, SINIMULAN SA BOTOLAN, ZAMBALES Pagsikat ng araw, agad na pumalaot ang Philippine Coast Guard…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The PCG Substation Botolan personnel handed over 100 food packs to the fishermen, with each pack containing five kilos of rice, canned goods, coffee, and noodles.

“Ayon kay Anderson, nakiisa siya sa pagsisimula ng ‘Bayanihan sa Karagatan’ para suportahan ang masisipag na mangingisdang tumutulong sa pagpapanatili ng sapat na suplay ng pagkain sa Botolan, kahit pa sa gitna ng pandemya (According to Anderson, he joined the start of ‘Bayanihan sa Karagatan’ to support the hardworking fishermen by maintaining an adequate food supply in Botolan amid the pandemic),” the PCG said.

Anderson is an auxiliary officer of the PCG with a rank of Lieutenant Commander. He joined the Coast Guard in December 2016 as part of the agency’s K9 Special Support Squadron.

Meanwhile, at least 75 fishermen were also given assistance by the PCG Camarines Sur in Balatan town through their floating community pantry.

BAYANIHAN SA KARAGATAN Umabot sa 75 mangingisda ang natulungan ng #BayanihanSaKaragatan na inilunsad ng Philippine…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, April 26, 2021

The PCG Camarines Sur said they set up the community pantry for the local fishermen who were also affected by the recent onslaught of typhoon “Bising” in the province.

The floating community pantry was packed with vegetables, rice, canned goods, eggs, and noodles among others where residents can freely get supply and well-meaning individuals can donate.

Several community pantries have sprouted in Metro Manila and in the provinces with the aim of giving food and supplies to everyone in need amid the economic difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
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