Despite the hardships of the pandemic, community pantries sprouted across the Philippines.
Images: Kape Hardinera Facebook Page
Despite the stress and suffering caused by the ongoing COVID-19
crisis, kindness is still prevalent. Ever since the pandemic started, Filipinos have been finding ways to help each other, and one of the most recent efforts are community pantries. Just a few days since the first community pantry was launched in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City, community pantries have popped up across the country, and various community pantries in Palawan
have also been established.
2. Kalinga ni Maria Kindness Center by the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (AVPP)
Location: Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Rizal Avenue, 58 Puerto Princesa
To control the number of people, the AVPP pantry operates on a first-come first-served basis.
Image: Eu Elivera
The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (AVPP)’s “Kalinga ni Maria Kindness Center” was established to aid Puerto Princesa residents who need food supplies. The pantry’s supplies will be coming from AVPP’s donations. Stubs will be distributed among recipients to ensure proper social distancing. As of April 21, the AVPP turned the Kindness Center “mobile” which means that it will be going to different parts of Puerto Princesa. The full schedule for the mobile community pantry can be found at AVPP’s Facebook page. Residents can pre-register to secure a slot.
3. Mesa ng Pag-Asa by the Kusina Palaweño Project
Location: Between Juner (Baltan Street) and Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
The Mesa ng Pag-Asa is Kusina Palaweño’s project to help residents of Puerto Princesa City.
Image: Kusina Palaweño Project Facebook Page
Residents of Barangay San Miguel can donate or receive food supplies from the Mesa ng Pag-asa community pantry launched by Kusina Palaweño last April 18. Only 50 persons per day will be given supplies, but those who won’t make the cut-off will be given a stub that will guarantee their slot for the next day. To donate, you may message Kusina Palaweño’s Facebook account or drop off your donations at Baltan Street.
4. Gulay ng Masa by BSP Palawan-PPC Council and ESOP Council Chapter
Location: BSP Training Center, Barangay Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City
BSP’s community pantry offers fresh vegetables for all residents in need.
Image: Karl Coloquio
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines Puerto Princesa City chapter also established a local community pantry called “Gulay ng Masa”.Cash donations can be given through their Gcash account, or you may also drop off your donations at BSP’s training center in front of PPSAT.