Beyond Community Pantries: This is how you can help end hunger
Here’s a sobering statistic: according to the World Bank, 2.7 million more Filipinos will sink into poverty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the community pantry movement that went viral last April has helped a lot of Filipinos cope with the challenges of the pandemic, this is only a bandage solution for a long term […]
Are We Going to See Condoms and Pills in Community Pantries?
POPCOM, or the Commission on Population and Development, has advised community pantry organizers that it would be wise to include contraceptives on their table of goods. These contraceptives can include condoms and pills like birth control. POPCOM Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez released a statement on Monday that encouraged the distribution of family planning items that […]
Calling all bookworms: There’s a community e-library too!
Since the first community pantry popped up at Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, a lot of other people have followed suit nationwide, setting up their own mini food drive or community pantry in their areas. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) even set up a community paw-ntry for animals, proving that the spirit of bayanihan […]
UP Vice President Resigns Over Community Pantry Remarks
On April 25, the University of the Philippines announced that its Executive Vice President, Teodoro Herbosa, also a special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, had resigned due to “personal reasons.” The resignation came after the adviser made a distasteful remark about community pantries. Following Angel Locsin’s birthday community pantry in Quezon City, […]
Senators move to defund NTF-ELCAC after spox’s “same with Satan” jab
At least seven senators so far have expressed their view that the P19-billion budget allotted for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) should be withdrawn and re-allocated instead to assist those who are struggling the most during the pandemic. Such sentiments came after the task force’s spokesperson, Lt. Gen. Antonio […]