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Community pantry set up for Bukidnon flood victims

July 9, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 164 views

BUKIDNON Representative Jonathan Keith Flores has successfully launched a community pantry for victims of recent flooding in the province.

“We started the community pantry last Saturday (July 8) in Barangay Managok. This is the hard-hit barangay during the flooding,” Flores said in a statement.

“On behalf of my constituents, I give my heartfelt thanks to House Speaker Martin Romualdez; his wife, Tingog Party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez; and Tingog Party-list Rep. Jude Acidre for their assistance that made this community pantry possible. We will not forget your compassion,” Flores said.

Flores said he asked the assistance of the city’s agriculturist to source the produce from local farmers.

Fresh goods such as eggs, vegetables, and rice were placed in green eco bags and distributed for free to Managok residents during the opening of the community pantry.

Relief goods were also distributed earlier.

Earlier, Speaker Romualdez and Reps. Romualdez and Acidre put together a calamity assistance amounting to P11 million for Flores’ district.

This consisted of P500,000 worth of cash assistance; P500,000 in relief goods; and P10 million worth of payouts from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

Upon receiving the P500,000 cash aid, Flores thought of using the money to put up a community pantry to provide immediate sustenance to flood victims.