Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Eduardo last week reminded local government officials against taking advantage of the Bayanihan-inspired community pantries, saying that “epal” or opportunistic politicians are barred from hanging tarpaulins with their faces and names at the pantries to promote themselves.
“We won’t tolerate any ‘epal’ or those displaying any signage, billboards, posters bearing pictures, pangalan, initials or images…especially of politicians who promote themselves at community pantries,” he said.
These homegrown initiatives which have become wildly popular all over the country, now operate under guidelines to avoid becoming “superspreader” activities.
According to Año, each area’s pantry must coordinate with the local government to ensure health protocols are followed.
Their venues should also be approved by the LGU and only members of that community should be able to benefit from it, to avoid people from far areas mobbing the pantry.
The DILG also suggested establishing a system to deliver goods to the homes of senior citizens and persons with comorbidities so they do not have to leave their homes.
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