Community Pantry Initiator Says Project Is “Wake Up Call” For Gov’t That Ayuda Is Not Enough
COMMUNITY PANTRY – As community pantries spread across the country, its initiator, Ana Patricia Non, says this is already a “wake up call” for the government.
Following another round of lockdowns after a year’s worth of quarantine, the government decided to provide affected residents with P1,000-4,000 per household as cash aid. However, that small amount of money could only go so far.
Because of this, Non decided to start the “community pantry”, wherein donors can give away food items and necessities for those struggling amid the pandemic. Luckily, it wasn’t long before other areas began their own pantries.
During an interview with ANC’s Headstart, Non called onto President Duterte:
President Duterte, nanawagan po ako na sana maging wake up call po na hindi po sapat ang kita ng Pilipino, ang ayuda at tulong po. Sana po nakikita natin na hindi naman po sila pipila kung hindi kailangan. Nararanasan po siya sa buong bansa
But recently, Non said her community pantry had gotten “red-tagged”, forcing her to temporarily halt operation. Still, she said she had no plans to end the community pantry as long as there are people in need and people willing to help.
Furthermore, she said that focusing on her as an individual would discredit other people. Instead, she believes that everybody, regardless of their political affiliations, should go to the nearest community pantries to know the situation of the less fortunate.
With this, she urges the public to join together and support each other through the project. As per the interview, she said:
Sumama na po tayo sa pagpush ng community pantry para suportahan ang isa’t isa. Hindi po ako galit or natatakot kasi mas marami pong sumusuporta
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