“Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan.”
The "community pantry" of essential goods that first popped up along a street in Quezon City has already sprouted in other areas in and out of Metro Manila.
A lot of netizens praised the community pantry effort as a form of community spirit, where strangers help strangers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. But at the same time, they see the effort as a filler to the gaps of the government's response to the coronavirus, which they feel is not reaching enough the people who need help the most.
Senator Panfilo Lacson praised the initiative on Sunday, April 18. Albeit, he said these show that people are now acting on their own, more than a year into the pandemic.
"It is good that through the community pantries, we see mutual aid by neighbors and barangay residents. But this is also a sign of desperation, that people can no longer rely on government to help them," said Lacson in an interview with DZBB.
On Matiyaga Street in Quezon City, consultant Elijah San Fernando decided to put up a community pantry similar to the one established by furniture designer Ana Patricia Non on Maginhawa Street nearby.
“Pinilahan ng mga nanay, tricycle driver at mga manggagawa ang community pantry kaya ubos na po agad ang (first) batch ng mga gulay,” he said in an update hours after posting about the community pantry on Friday, April 16, which initially provided free kamote (sweet potatoes) and vegetables that were directly sourced from farmers from Paniqui, Tarlac and Magsasaka partylist.
In Sampaloc, Manila, entrepreneur couple Toots and Anj Vergara said they were inspired by the Maginhawa community pantry initiative that they decided to put up a similar one in front of their home along P. Noval Street.
Meanwhile, in Quezon City, A community pantry called paw-ntry is now available for fur parents who, just like any other parent, need support in providing for their beloved fur babies.
According to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the paw-ntry was also inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry.
In the photos, several pet essentials like dog food and snacks are seen up for grabs for a pet owner who needs it or a passerby who would like to feed animals on the street.
The community paw-ntry is located just in front of the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center along Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Also, a fisherfolk of Binangonan, Rizal donated freshly caught, surplus fish to a Maginhawa-inspired community pantry in Quezon City on Sunday, April 18.