Community pantries have sprouted in the National Capital Region (NCR), the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, to help struggling Filipinos cope.
“The emergence of community pantries is laudable. It exemplifies the Filipino bayanihan spirit during this challenging time of Covid-19,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement.
Roque reiterated that the government’s “Ingat Buhay para sa Hanapbuhay (Protect Life for Livelihood)” campaign aims to inspire Filipinos to recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Together, we can heal and recover soon,” he said. “The medium and long-term solution remains safeguarding the physical safety of our people while ensuring the economic health of the nation. Ingat buhay para sa hanapbuhay (Protect life for livelihood).”
Roque added that the government’s social amelioration programs and services serve as “subsidy for the provision of basic necessities and tool for the recovery and rehabilitation of the most affected families and individuals.”
‘Home-liner’ critics hit
Meanwhile, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo chided critics who keep on hitting the government’s pandemic response.
During his commentary program “Counterpoint” on Saturday, Panelo said critics are persistent in attacking the government despite lack of knowledge in efforts to address the pandemic.
Panelo mentioned Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Francis Pangilinan and Imee Marcos, among the pandemic response critics.
He said they are merely full of guts in criticizing while monitoring in their homes.
Marcos earlier said the government seems to not have learned after “a year of suffering” while Drilon lamented that the government is reimposing the same rules.
Pangilinan, on the other hand, called for more financial assistance.