A neophyte Metro Manila lawmaker expressed dismay against some officials imposing documentary requirements on individuals and groups organizing community pantries.
Quezon City Rep. Anthony Peter “Onyx” Crisologo, Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Human Rights, noted that this imposition will not only unduly burden the organizers and obstruct their operation but will also discourage those who might be similarly minded to put up their community pantry.
The QC solon said, “Sa halip na dagdagan ang pansin ng mga organizers ng community pantry sa pagkuha ng permit para maisagawa ang kanilang pamamaraan na tumulong ay dapat silang tulungan at suportahan para maipagpatuloy ang kanilang magandang hangarin na matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga kababayan nating mahihirap”.
Crisologo likewise urged the people to support the community pantries and help in their own little ways to provide sustenance for those who are badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crisologo added, in this time of crisis, we should help one another and it really feels good to help whenever we can.(Vina de Guzman)