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Irene Belmonte rejects DILG suggestion for community pantries to pair up with barangays

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Community pantries are civic projects and should stay that way.

Quezon City Councilor Irene Belmonte did not like the pitch of the Department of the Interior and Local Government telling pantry organizers to pair up with barangays to get the donated goods to the hands of senior citizens, following the recent death of an old man who lined up for hours under the summer sun last week.

“I am not in favor of this. Community pantry is set up by civic minded individuals/group, let them lead the way,” the politiko said. “Let us just support them by ensuring the safety and security of both organizers and the people lining up… and BE BETTER at our jobs.”