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Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto Supports Community Pantries

VICO SOTTO – The Pasig Mayor reacted to the setting up of community pantry amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines now.

There are several challenges in front of every Filipino now. A lot of Pinoys are facing the risks of contracting COVID-19 amid the pandemic and struggling on what to put on the table. Truths be told that many individuals lost their jobs amid the time of crisis.

Several businesses closed as they were greatly affected by the restrictions now in the pursuit to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most of those businesses that somehow thrived with the demands of the pandemic are the essentials.

It has been more than a year now since the pandemic started and debts have already piled up for many individuals. Meanwhile, amid all the challenges now, there is a ray of hope – the generosity of many people for others who are in most need.

Community Pantry
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Several individuals organized a community pantry in their barangays, cities, or municipalities. It is where people who wants to share some goods can donate and where those who are in great need can go to and get some. It is a bayanihan act that gained praises from a lot of people and encouraged helping and sharing amid the crisis.

However, previously, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that those who wanted to secure a pantry must seek permit from the government. A lot of people reacted to it and showed their disapproval citing that it is an act of helping and it does not need a permit.

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Vico Sotto
Photo: GMA Network

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto stands in the same view that there is no need to secure a permit in the pursuit to extend help to other people. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, he stressed that there is no such thing as a “Permit to Help”.

Mayor Vico Sotto expressed his appreciation to those who are extending help as they can afford. According to him, the resources of the government is limited thus any effort to help is really welcome.

The DILG has retracted the previous statement urging those who wanted to set up a community pantry to secure a permit. A lot of community pantries now can be seen in the different barangays, cities, and municipalities in the Philippines amid the crisis.

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