Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PNA
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“I don’t see that as a condemnation of the government. It simply shows the best in us during the worst of times.”

Ito ang pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque matapos magsulputan ang iba’t ibang community pantries sa bansa.

“The community pantry represents the best in the Filipino. I don’t think anyone can claim to be a founder of that. I think this is a spontaneous movement amongst Filipinos. It’s part of our psyche to help one another in times of need,” dagdag pa ni Sec. Roque.

Kaugnay nito, nanawagan naman si Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na gabayan ang mga nag-oorganisa ng community pantries upang masunod pa rin ang itinakdang minimum health standards.

“We hope our LGUs can advise them on how to be more organized. There is no need to stop what they are doing because I think it will help the physical wellness and mental wellness of people,” panukala ni Usec. Vergeire.

Gayundin ang pananaw ni Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño. Aniya, maganda umano ang intensyon ng naturang community pantries subalit malinaw na nakakaligtaan na ng ilan ang pagsunod sa minimum health protocols.

“I think now they need [a] permit from the local, mayor, or the barangay. Una, paisa-isa lang ‘yan. Ngayon kaso dinumog na ng tao, ibig sabihin wala nang control pati ‘yung protocol ngayon ay na-violate na,” pahayag ni Usec. Diño.

Nilinaw rin ni Usec. Diño na wala umanong intensyon ang gobyerno na i-red-tag ang mga nagpasimuno ng community pantries at tanging ang pagsunod sa social distancing at minimum health standards lamang ang kanilang pinupuna.


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