Sunday, April 18, 2021

#CommunityPantryPH: Give only what you can, take only what you need

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"What we ordinary Filipinos lack in privilege we make up for courage. To give from out of our overabundance is liberality; but to give out of poverty is valor."

Lovin' the concept of #CommunityPantryPH popping up here and there. These can somehow help others who really don't have anything to survive each day of their lives. SMALL ACTIONS, BIG IMPACTS.

Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, Eastwood built a community pantry in Baranggay San Isidro Montalban, Rizal. 

Initiatives such as #CommunityPantryPH is more effective in mobilizing people than others. It is covid-19-oriented, inclusive, sincere and spontaneous. This is what being political really means. It is not predetermined, propaganda-based, a means toward political agenda, etc.

This is what society looks like when both ends of the community help one another with what they can give and what they need.

More than community outreach purposes, #CommunityPantryPH provides implications on the masses' sense of pakikipagkapwa. You don't see them hoarding and emptying shelves like how elitists did when the pandemic started.

If a food pantry can provide extra groceries , then the money saved can be spent on other necessities of life..

All of these contributions are meaningful and important.

Kudos to the LGU of Eastwood Baranggay San Isidro in Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal for adapting the Community Pantry initiative that started in Quezon City.

Sold out! Ubos ang donations at maraming nakatanggap ng biyaya pero meron pa ring hindi nakakuha.

Para sa hindi pa nakakaalam, the Eastwood Community Pantry started today April 18, 2021 at 5pm, as announced by the Baranggay Chairman.of San Isidro, though earlier nakita kong umuusad na yung pila.

"Magbigay ng ayon sa kakayahan. Kumuha lang ng ayon sa pangangailangan."

"Give only what you can. Take only what you need."

May susunod naman malamang. This is an activity worth sustaining.

First run of the Community Pantry was done this afternoon at the property fronting the home of the Baranggay captain here in Eastwood Residences Phase 1.

Rodriguez Mayor Tom Hernandez and sister Baranggay San Isidro Chairman Karen Mae Hernandez were present.

There were a lot of residents, not only from Eastwood Residences, that queued and unfortunately no longer practicing the social distancing health and safety protocol....though they were wearing face masks and shields, but the line is too long reaching to the streets. 

Not everyone there got to receive the sort of "ayuda" in kind composed of donations from different peeps, companies and organizations - fishes, veggies, canned goods, noodles, coffee, milk, sugar, rice, even toothpastes and soap....and some other goods thus many went home empty-handed but I was informed that there will be more of this community pantry established soon.

We also encourage those who want to establish their own community pantry in their respective barangays.


Community pantries are drawing inspiration from each other in response to a gap. Yung kakulangan ng national government. 

Meanwhile, this. Whatever happened to the supposedly Duterte's Kitchen which was intended for the same purpose as these Community Pantries?

You might be minded to help. Because we can't rely on the national government. The LGUs are doing a better job.

So disgusted & angered with how the regime brands #CommunityPantryPH as mere bayanihan "inherent" in Filipinos. We come together because the government FAILED to deliver the most basic of necessities. The pantries are critique and resistance, not an EXCUSE for Duterte to not do his job.

Has the #CommunityPantryPH became petition centers to call #DuterteResign?

Social solidarity in replacement of state neglect and ill-response. 

I hope the government will not just ride along the #CommunityPantryPH initiative and reason out the Filipino bayanihan to patch up their incompetence.

It is ridiculous how pro-government supporters are criticizing #CommunityPantryPH for "politicizing" the bayanihan initiative. Yes, it is a short-term solution. Sure, it will reach donor's fatigue...but the community isn't responsible to provide longterm solutions. we pay government taxes for that. 

Regardless of how we view things, the #CommunityPantryPH movement is a great initiative. Whether we like it or not, it is political. It just goes to show how negligent the Philippine government is and how we are left to fend for ourselves. We must continue to call for accountability.

Sa hundreds of billions (or possibly even trillions) of loans that the Duterte regime got from internal and foreign sources, mapapaduda ka talaga kung wala talagang resources ang gobyerno. Saan napunta? Hindi tayo hahantong sa ganito kung may maayos na pagpapatakbo ng pera natin.

"When giving is a habit... It becomes a lifestyle!"

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