Senator Sonny Angara on Sunday urged the government and more private entities to replicate the community pantries sprouting up in various areas across the country.
“It is encouraging to see more Filipinos demonstrating the bayanihan spirit by putting up community pantries for the benefit of people who are struggling during these very challenging times,” Angara said.
He noted that the community pantry idea that started on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City has now been replicated in several other areas within and outside of Metro Manila with the intention of helping Filipinos who are in need of assistance.
“Maliit na bagay kung tutuusin ang pamamahagi ng libreng gulay, prutas, bigas, tubig o noodles ng isang tao, pamilya o grupo ng tao, para sa mga naghihirap sa panahon na ito dahil sa nawalan sila ng hanapbuhay ay malaking tulong na ito para mapatid ang gutom hanggang sa makaahon na sila muli sa pandemiya na hinaharap ng ating bansa,” Angara added.
He said that these small efforts by private citizens could have an even greater impact if the government and businesses will participate, starting in the areas where they are situated.
“We encourage our local government units, the national government, and even private businesses who can afford it to replicate and even scale up these community pantries to cater to even more people,” Angara said.
The senator said huge budgets are not necessary here because during these trying times, any kind of help that will go to those in need is appreciated.
Manufacturers of food products for instance can share their production through their own pantries or just bring them over to the existing operations in their respective areas.
“One small gesture when duplicated by a large number of people will amount to something very meaningful,” Angara said.