The initiative of organizing community pantries should not be politicized amid reports of red-tagging some community pantries.
Thus said Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) director general Jeremiah Belgica said as he pointed out the importance of community pantries.
“We really need to do our part. This is very inspiring. Huwag na lang din po nating pulitikahin,” Belgica said.
Belgica visited the community pantries in Quezon City Tuesday to remind barangay officials and community pantry organizers that permit is not required in putting up such an initiative.
“What we are asking from our barangay officials is to support this kind of initiatives. This is really what the President wants,” he added.
However, he urged organizers to coordinate with their barangay to ensure order in the community pantries such as physical distancing and other minimum health protocols amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
In a television interview Tuesday, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño said organizers should now secure a permit from the local government since there have been violations of public health protocols observed in some community pantries.