The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas has expressed support to all those who hold community pantries in the country.
According to Veritas News, Rouquel Ponte, President of LAIKO hails the Christian act of kindness and unity that these community pantries demonstrate especially during this time of the pandemic where many people have lost their jobs and have nothing to feed their families.
“This movement initiated by kindhearted individuals with the common objective of helping our countrymen who are most in need but with less capabilities, is unprecedented and unequaled during this crucial times of the pandemic,” Ponte said.
“People with lesser opportunities can somehow hope to survive even for a day, through the overflowing and collective generosity of community residents with much or less to share. Undoubtedly God is inspiring their hearts too. Give us this day our daily bread (Mt6: 11),” Ponte added.
She also encouraged all the Archdiocesan and Diocesan Councils of the Laity and members of the Church-based National Lay Organizations of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas to help and support the initiatives of these community pantries. She as well urged the organizers to be alert and vigilant on various threats like red-tagging and profiling.
“We encourage all our National Lay Organizations, Archdiocesan/Diocesan Councils of the Laity to extend their unwavering support to these initiatives. Likewise, let us be alert & vigilant that these community undertakings be protected from forces who plan to divide and thwart whatever gains there is to be reaped,” said Ponte.
In the Archdiocese of Manila, parishes, lay and religious organizations have started setting up their community pantries in response to the call of Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila to organize programs that would promote the act of charity. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from San Roque de Mandaluyong Parish Facebook Page)