MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno has instructed Manila Police District (MPD) Director Brigadier General Leo Francisco to ensure that officers do not arrest those running community pantries in the nation’s capital.
According to Moreno, he sent a text message to Francisco and asked him to inform all stations and precincts in the city to also secure those who would put up similar community food pantries in the city.
“We don’t require permit. Good deeds need no permit. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos na sa gitna ng kahirapan ng bawat isa sa pandemyang ito ay umiiral ang pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit ng ating kapwa at ito ay gagamitin nating inspirasyon sa paglilingkod sa bayan…” Moreno said.
Moreno lauded businesswoman Ana Patricia Non, whose Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City went viral, leading to similar ones elsewhere in the country.
He also commended Manila residents who followed suit, noting that one had already existed on P. Noval Street in Sampaloc.
“Maraming salamat Ann, na-inspire mo ang mga Batang Maynila. ‘Yung kanyang kabutihang-loob, dahil maganda ang intensyon, naturally nagkaroon ng growth kaya ginaya, kesa kung bilasa ang intensyon o pakitang-tao…dapat papurihan kasi mabuti ang pagkakawanggawa,” Moreno said.
The mayor further added that they in the government must thank those who come up with ways to help the community as this lessens the load of the government.
“Walang huhulihin…in fact, hinihikayat natin ang bayanihan, isang tradisyon o kaugalian nating Pilipino na kakaiba sa buong mundo dala ng kusang- loob…”.
Lastly, Moreno appealed to the organizers and beneficiaries of such projects to make sure that there will be no overcrowding and that minimum health protocols are strictly observed. ANDI GARCIA
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