It is not necessary to obtain a permit for those behind the community pantries that have suddenly sprung up in some areas in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela that have been inspired by the Maginhawa Pantry in Quezon City.
“We should give gratitude and support to those behind the community pantries in the city. If assistance is needed to maintain social distancing, our barangay can be notified to help, but a permit is not required. Helping and Bayanihan does not require any permit, “ said Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan.
He said Caloocan City would soon complete the distribution of financial assistance to families within a few more days.
Meanwhile, according to Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, they were also very grateful to their fellow Navoteños who had also set up their respective community pantries to help others and insisted that permits were not needed.
“In times of difficulty, all those who help those in need are very, very welcome,” said Tiangco.
Navotas has also distributed 8,666 relief packs to the residents of the city.
On the other hand, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian also said special permits were no longer needed for city residents who were willing to help their neighbors.
“Just make sure that the minimum health standards are followed and social distancing will be observed at all times. Also, no minors and not within curfew hours, just set it up. If somebody gives you trouble let me know … I’ll take care of them,” Gatchalian said.
Malabon City Mayor Len Len Oreta also said because those behind the community pantries had good intentions, there was no need to bother them to get a permit.