A “floating community pantry” launched in the middle of the sea at CamSur

More than 75 fishermen were helped on the high seas in Balatan, Camarines Sur, in the “floating community pantry” launched by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel in the province.

According to Lt. Ailene Abanilla, the PCG commander in Camarines Sur said they were considering delivering food to the fishermen because they had stopped fishing for several days due to Typhoon Bising.

The pandemic has also reportedly affected the livelihoods of fishermen.

Among those distributed to fishermen were rice, eggs, vegetables, canned food and noodles.

It was the Coast Guard themselves who contributed to the aid. They have also reportedly received donations from individuals and groups.

According to Abanilla, they will also provide assistance to other fishermen in the province in the coming days.

The Coast Guard’s initiative is inspired by the community pantry movement, where Filipinos provide free food and other basic items to those in need.

A “floating community pantry” launched in the middle of the sea at CamSur

It started on Maginhawa Street in Quezon City until hundreds of pantries sprang up in other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. issued a gag order against 2 spokespersons for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflicts (NTF-ELCAC) so that they did not no statements regarding community pantries.

NTF-ELCAC spokespersons Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. and Lorraine Badoy have received criticism for allegedly branding or linking people behind community pantries to Communist rebels.

“Lest this be misunderstood, they will stop (de) making statements about community pantries,” said Esperon, vice president of NTF-ELCAC.

Recently, the NTF-ELCAC and Quezon City Police District (QCPD) social media page posted an accusation that Maginhawa Community Pantry organizer Ana Patricia Non was a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.

Badoy also said donors should know where the aid or money they are giving to community pantries is going.

Parlade also called senators stupid over the proposal to strip the NTF-ELCAC of the budget.

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Norma P. Rex

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