The army opens its own pantries in 5 Aurora cities

HELP FOR NEED. Residents of Dinalungan, Aurora, will line up in the Sinagtala Community Pantry of the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Sitio Marawi, Barangay Simbahan on Saturday (April 24, 2021) to receive free groceries. Similar projects have been launched by soldiers in other municipalities in the province to help citizens hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo of 91st Infantry Battalion)

BALER, Aurora – The 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB) of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division officially opened its Sinagtala Community Pantry in five cities in Aurora province on Saturday and Sunday.

In an interview on Sunday, Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of 91IB, said the project was started with the help of donors who want to help Aurora citizens badly affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

He added that the company was in line with the Philippine Army’s Kapwa ko, Sagot ko project.

“This is a way to show our support to our voters in the region amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” Rubio said.

The pantries are located in Barangay Masagana in the city of Dilasag. Barangay Poblacion 8 in Casiguran; Sitio Marawi, Barangay Simbahan in Dinalungan; Barangay Sapang Kawayan in Dipaculao; and Barangay 4 in San Luis.

The pantry in Dipaculao opened on Sunday and the rest on Saturday. They offer rice, vegetables and groceries for the needy and are open every day.

“When circumstances seem desperate, cooperative ventures can help elevate each other’s spirits. As such, the 91st Infantry Battalion “Sinagtala” is eager to expand its “pantry” support to communities as part of the government’s initiative to alleviate hardship amid the Covid-19 pandemic, “Rubio said.

He added that the Bravo Company initially provided 100 kilos of rice, 15 kilos of tilapia, 100 pairs of slippers, two bags of various items of clothing, 100 pieces of canned food, 100 packs of pasta, 10 trays of eggs and 300 pieces of various breads for the pantries.

The battalion headquarters also provided various vegetables such as eggplant, bitter gourd, cabbage and squash, as well as eggs and noodles.

Rubio also said for the Dipaculao pantry that 91IB staff donated PHP50 out of their own pockets.

Meanwhile, reservists from the Philippine Army, the Philippine Air Force, and the Philippine Navy, as well as the Aurora Reservist Shooters Association, Inc. are collecting goods and money for the noble activity.

“We keep finding ways and means to serve our people, and this is a way to expand the Bayanihan spirit, our Kapwa ko, Sagot ko program, which we made difficult for those affected by the pandemic last year Affected have started. We will not hesitate to go beyond our means to provide basic services and relief supplies to the poorest of the poor who are still affected by this pandemic, ”said Rubio.

He reminded people to get enough to eat and to give others in need the opportunity to use the free goods from the ward’s pantries. (PNA)

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