By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the emergence of community pantries in the country amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to Malacañang.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to the reported red-tagging of community pantry organizers.
“I think the President has spoken through my office. The (Department of the Interior and Local Government) has spoken and unless their concern is about health protocols not being observed, they should leave these community pantries alone,” Roque said in a virtual presser.
“The President welcomes all initiatives na makakatulong sa ating kababayan habang tayo ay nasa pandemya,” he added.
Community pantries allow people who are affected by the Covid-19 lockdown to get free food, usually vegetables and canned goods, and other supplies.