President Rodrigo Duterte has urged organizers of community pantries to ensure that safety protocols are observed to prevent crowding that may result in the spread of COVID-19.
Duterte said while people who distribute free goods to the needy are admirable, they should see to it that regulations are complied with. He cited a report about 86 persons testing positive for COVID-19 after attending a food distribution activity in Barangay Matandang Balara, Quezon City more than two weeks ago.
Duterte said, “While we have the best of intentions…we must ensure that these activities will not go out of control and become superspreader events.”
He added, “There is no question about this pantry scheme. As a matter of fact, I salute the people behind these and those who originated it…. If it’s a matter of assessing whether or not you are doing (good), you are doing super good, I salute you and you have a good conscience.”