WATCH: PAGCOR rolls out its ‘PAGkain Para sa Masa’ food caravan project

Similar to a food caravan where items are brought directly to beneficiaries that have been previously identified and determined, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Wednesday, May 5, officially rolled out its own food caravan initiative.

The fresh produce that PAGCOR distributes to beneficiary communities are sourced directly from farmers. (Photo from PAGCOR)

The “PAGkain Para sa Masa” aims to to ensure that long queues are avoided while health protocols are strictly observed amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.

The first batch of beneficiaries of PAGCOR’s “PAGkain Para sa Masa” food caravan were from Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. Buckets containing food items were distributed to the pre-determined beneficiaries to avoid flocking or large crowds.

WATCH: PAGCOR rolls out its ‘PAGkain Para sa Masa’ food caravan project distribution in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City on May 5 (Video from PAGCOR) @manilabulletin

Posted by MerIina Hernando-Malipot on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Through the “PAGkain Para sa Masa,” PAGCOR initially distributed packs of fresh produce and other essentials to close to 300 beneficiaries - including barangay officials, health workers, street sweepers, garbage collectors, and traffic enforcers in the community. Barangay Bagong Silangan Chairman Wilfredo Cara expressed his gratitude to the leadership of PAGCOR for the assistance.

The “PAGkain Para sa Masa” was officially launched by PAGCOR on May 4 to help families who are struggling as the ongoing pandemic continues to affect the livelihood of many Filipinos.

“Mercy should not demean, instead, it should show genuine concern. This is why we launched this project,” said PAGCOR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrea Domingo during the launch of the initiative. “We have already pooled initial funding from our colleagues, friends, and volunteer employees,” she added.