University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo L. Concepcion reaffirms his administration’s and the University’s support for the community pantries, which are now emerging within UP’s campuses and communities as a spontaneous response of University employees and community residents to the food and other basic needs of ordinary citizens.
“My wife Gaby and I have been personally involved in helping out these pantries and I would like to assure the University community that we find this initiative laudable, timely, and worthy of everyone’s support,” President Concepcion said. “These pantries address a real need, and do not carry any political colors except the red, white, and blue of Filipinos at their patriotic best. Helping the needy should be something to unite all Filipinos, especially the UP community.”
At the same time, President Concepcion reminded the organizers, supporters, and beneficiaries of community pantries to observe the necessary safety protocols, in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We must take note of the legitimate concerns of our health authorities and local residents in terms of these protocols,” he added. “But with precautions, these pantries can bring out the best in us, and remind us of our sense of community despite the worst that this pandemic has wrought.”