Photos by Josephine Ramirez
Taking a cue from an initiative in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, ordinary citizens from different parts of the country have started to put up their own community pantries to help those in need of food items amid the pandemic.
A mother and her daughter from Las Palmas Subdivision, Caypombo in Sta. Maria, Bulacan opened theirs on Tuesday.
Josephine Ramirez and her daughter organized the ‘Bayanihan Community Pantry’ to help their neighbors who have lost their jobs due of the raging health crisis.
Some of their neighbors also donated food as residents of the subdivision in their own small ways displayed the bayanihan spirit.
“Sarili po namin ng anak ko po nag-umpisa. Kahit paano naman may nagbigay ng ilang pirasong kape at apat na noodles. Okay lang naman, hindi naman sapilitan,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez added that she and her family have also extended assistance to those in need last year when the lockdown began.
“Last year nang maglockdown, mga tricycle driver ang una naming binigyan ng bigas. Sumunod po mga persons with disability (PWD) binigyan naming ng bigas at gulay. At ‘yong iba naming nagsabi na gatas at diaper. Hanggang sa mga frontliner na nakabantay dito sa Sta. Maria checkpoint, hinahatiran naming ng pagkain lalo na sa gabi,” she said.
Ramirez said that the Maginhawa Community Pantry inspired them to do the same in their area.
“Gusto lang namin makatulong sa mga nangangailangan. Kasi kung may magbibigay kahit isang lata ng sardinas at may gulay, buong pamilya na po ang makakakain. Kahit isang lata ng sardinas kapag pinagsama-sama mo marami ang makikinabang. Lalo na ‘yong mga nawalan ng hanap-buhay dahil sa pandemic,” stressed Ramirez. (Sherrylou Nemis, PUP intern)
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