THE Pasig City local government said that there is no permit requirement to open a community pantries in Pasig City.
“Para sa mga nagtatanong, hindi kailangan ng permit. Wala po tayong ‘Permit to Help’’),” Mayor Vico Sotto posted on Twitter.
Earlier, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano clarified that he is leaving it up to local government units (LGUs) whether to impose permit requirements for community pantry organizers.
The statement was issued by Año after contradicting statements were issued by his undersecretaries.
Initially, DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño emphasized that community pantry organizers must need a permit due to COVID-19 transmission risks posed by overcrowding at community pantries.
An hour later, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a television interview that barangays should not compel community pantry organizers to seek a permit before them.
Sotto lauded individuals who have opened their own community pantries to help those badly affected by the pandemic.
“We commend the individuals who are helping as they can afford. Government has limited resources, so any effort to help others is very welcome.”
The Eastern Police District (EPD) opened its own community pantry on Caruncho Avenue a few blocks from the Pasig City Hall
The EPD pantry contains canned goods, instant noodles, face masks, face shields, Bible, PNP Journal Magazine among others.
A lot of people have been inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City, which was an initiative by Ana Patricia Non.