Stand of Pres. Duterte on Community Pantries
DUTERTE – A lot of private and public individuals and groups organized community pantries and here’s President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s say on it.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines, the bayanihan spirit or the act of helping each other is really present. There were community pantries set up in the different areas in the country amid the pandemic.
In the said community pantries, those who wants to share goods or whatever they want to generously give can drop by and place it there. It is a big help for individuals who are struggling financially amid the COVID-19 crisis. They can get what they need like foods from the pantry.
However, the community pantries gained different reactions from the people. Many admire the initiative and the generosity of some people and groups amid the pandemic while others are concerned that the even may further spread the COVID-19.
For a while, community pantries became a center of attention but its benefits visibly outweighed the people’s perspectives. Many families were able to get through another day with the help of these community pantries.
Recently, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte broke his silence on organizing community pantries. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Chief Executive salute the initiative but he has some concerns.
In his weekly public address, Pres. Duterte reminded the organizers that they must make sure that the events will not be out of control and become “superspreaders”. He affirmed that organizers and those individuals who lodge it are certainly “doing good” but the restrictions must be considered.
“Saludo ako, at maganda ‘yung konsensiya ninyo sa kapwa tao ninyo. But please, read the restrictions first,” the President expressed based on the report.
The Chief Executive further stressed that the organizers must make sure that the events comply with he regulations as there won’t be an end in the pandemic in case it will gather the crowd and the COVID-19 infections will spread.
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