Is Mayor Isko Moreno in Favor of Community Pantries Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?
ISKO MORENO – The Manila Mayor revealed his side on putting up community pantries for those who are in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic made the world face a huge challenge. Over 200 nations and territories were affected by the said widespread disease and several healthcare systems are suffering now.
The Bayanihan or the act of unity amid the crisis is undeniably a huge factor in facing the challenges set by the pandemic. It has been more than a year now since the crisis started and a lot of households are financially struggling.
Many people lost their job amid the pandemic as several businesses had to close. Parents and family breadwinners are struggling daily on what to put on the table.
Meanwhile, recently, an initiative became beneficial to a lot of people – the setting up of community pantries. It is where people who wants to share the foods and goods they have can donate and where those who are in need can take some for free.
However, there are some issues surrounding the setting up of community pantries as some government officials like in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) want those who would set up a pantry to secure permits. It sparked different reactions from the people.
Recently, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno revealed his side on setting up community pantries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, in a text message, the capital city’s mayor said that the organizers of these pantries must be thanked for for their generosity.
Mayor Isko Moreno assured that in Manila they do not require a permit for community pantries. Based on the report, he stressed that “good deeds need no permit”.
“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng mamamayan na gumagawa ng kabutihan sa kapwa. Manatili po sanang ganyan at walang susuko,” Mayor Isko said.
The Manila City Mayor further expressed that with the Lord’s mercy, the Filipino people will survive the COVID-19 crisis. He believes that we can surpass it.
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