Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas clarified that he is supporting the establishment of community pantries in the city, adding he is even encouraging all organizers.
“Let us show our Bayanihan spirit in helping one another. You do not need to be elected or appointed to help our least privileged sectors of society,” said Treñas.
Since Monday last week, inspired by Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City, community pantries in different barangays in the city and even in Iloilo province started to sprout.
“I fully support all organizers of community pantries. You do not need my permission to help your fellow Ilonggos,” he added.
The mayor further emphasized that there is no need for permits in order to help.
Treñas was relatively reacting on alleged organizers of community pantries especially in Manila.
In Iloilo City, he cited that personnel of the Philippine National Police even helped to open a community pantry in La Paz district.
“Bayanihan spirit is indeed echoing in Iloilo City….No issues, just there to help the needy,” he stressed.
He opined that community pantries are testament that there is nothing wrong in having a heart to help and to serve.
“Basta mga Ilonggo mabinuligon gid,” Treñas cited./WDJ