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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

“Baguio government will not hinder community pantry” –Mayor Magalong

Baguio City, Philippines – Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, assures initiators of community pantries in the summer capital that their initiative of helping others shall not be hampered by the city government.

The mayor likewise said they will not require permits for the conduct of such voluntary acts.

Magalong said the city government is impressed on the concept of community pantry expressing his appreciation to individuals who initiated the move.

“The concept of community pantry has really impressed us. This is an exercise of people’s initiative at its fullest and as such we are grateful for all those who took lead,” he said.

“Here in the City of Baguio, we encourage this practice of community pantry, as it is reflective of the Cordilleran “Binaddang” culture, a symbol of the Filipino “Bayanihan” spirit,” he further expressed.

In connection, the city mayor is encouraging organizers of said initiatives to ask for assistance from the Baguio City Police Office, Public Order and Safety Division, and the Barangay Peace and Order Councils to ensure that minimum health standards are in place in cases where the situation so requires.

Among community pantries put up in the city are located at the Baguio City Hall; Igorot Garden in Harrison Road, Studio Coffee, #8 MH Del Pilar, Burnham-Legarda-Kisad Barangay; #68 Evangelista Street, Leonila Hill; #341 Magsaysay Avenue; One Yangco Hub, 1 Yangco Road, Corner Brent Road; Pinsao covered court, and UP Baguio Compound.

Pantries throughout the country have been organized following Ana Patricia Non’s “Maginhawa Community Pantry” which became a topic recently after its temporary closure due to red-tagging.

In Kalinga, a plan of putting up a community pantry by some group of individuals is yet to open on April 24 at PNP Block 2, Bulanao Centro, Tabuk City, Kalinga (In front of Bayle Supermart).

Donations are now being accepted by the organizers. For in-kind donations, people may drop them off at PNP Block 2, Barangay Bulanao Centro, Tabuk City or contact 09169774048.

For cash donations, kind-hearted individuals may send them via Landbank Acct. 1056 3615 41 or GCASH 09756892430.



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