From community pantry to community adoption: Schools in Oriental Mindoro set up 'Agap Kalinga’, ‘Brave’ pantries for Mangyans, needy families

Published May 8, 2021, 10:05 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Several schools in Oriental Mindoro have set up their own community pantries to help needy families and Mangyan communities.

In a Facebook post, the Department of Education (DepEd) lauded the efforts of Managpi National High School (MNHS) and Nag-iba National High School (NNHS) for coming up with their own version of community pantry that would help poor families in their communities.

“Agap Kalinga 2021: Gift of Love and Hope” community pantry set up by the School-based Management Group of Managpi National High School (MNHS) on April 25, 2021, in Oriental Mindoro. (DepEd Facebook Page/ DepEd Tayo Calapan City)

It cited that the community pantry called “Agap Kalinga 2021: Gift of Love and Hope” was initiated by the School-based Management Group of Managpi National High School (MNHS), headed by Gloriniel D. Romero, and in coordination with Fr. Cris Raymundo.

DepEd said Agap Kalinga pantry, which was launched on April 25, stands to benefit 82 Alangan tribe families of Dulangan 3, Baco, Oriental Mindoro.

“Magkakaroon ito ng Phase II ngayong darating na Mayo. Ito na ang kanilang magiging “adopted community” na kung saan dito na sila palagi magbibigay ng mga community outreach katulad ng pamimigay ng mga tsinelas, groceries, at iba pang pangangailangan ng nasabing komunidad (It will have Phase II this coming May. This will be their “adopted community” where they will always provide community outreach such as the distribution of slippers, groceries, and other needs of the said community),” it said

Romero, MNHS school principal, said the community pantry is an expression of their continued support to their students in their communities, especially those who are poor amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Ang mensahe namin sa mga estudyante ay ipagpatuloy at pagbutihin ang pag-aaral. Bagama’t mahirap ang modular learning modality, kailangan pa rin ipagpatuloy ang edukasyon kahit ngayong new normal na sitwasyon (Our message to students is to continue and improve their studies. Although the modular learning modality is difficult, they still need to continue their education even in this new normal situation),” she said.

DepEd also hailed the efforts of Nag-iba National High School (NNHS), headed by its principal, Dennis Dela Torre for organizing a community pantry dubbed “Brave Pantry” on April 23.

“Brave Pantry” set up by Nag-iba National High School (NNHS) in Oriental Mindoro on April 23, 2021.

The school’s Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and dela Torres joined in setting the pantry.

“Patuloy ang pag-aabot ng tulong sa mga kabayanan ng kanilang komunidad. Hindi lamang pamilya ng kanilang mga mag-aaral ang mga natutulungan dito, kundi pati ang iba pang mga pamilya na higit na nangangailangan (The delivery of assistance to the people in their communities continues. Not only the families of their students who were given aid, but also the other families who are most needy),” DepEd said.

The items that are being distributed are vegetables and other produce sourced from the school and barangay gardens.

Dela Torre expressed the NNHS’s gratitude to all those who supported its “Brave Pantry”.

“Hindi ito magiging matagumpay kung hindi dahil sa kanila. Ito rin ang paraan ng mga paaralan upang ibalik ng ang tulong sa komunidad at sa mga pamilya na nangangailangan lalo ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Kung dati ay paaralan ang tinutulungan, ngayon ay kami naman ang magbabalik ng tulong sa mga taong nangangailangan (This would not be successful if it were not for them. It is also a way of schools to give back to the community and to families in need especially now during the pandemic. If before it was the school that was given assistance, now, it’s our turn the help to the people in need),” he said.

 
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