DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) set up a community pantry dubbed “Pantry ng Pulis” along San Pedro Street on Saturday, April 24.
DCPO chief Colonel Kirby John Kraft in an interview said, “this activity aims to intensify the spirit of giving and sharing during this time of pandemic.”
About 150 individuals who were in dire need of basic necessities benefitted from the Pantry ng Pulis, he said.
“We will all recover in dignity by helping the most vulnerable families to recover from this global pandemic,” he said. “We will not leave them behind,” he added.
The city police director said all police stations have mounted Pantry ng Pulis under their area of responsibility that are set up in front of their police stations or in the barangay covered courts.
“Mahaba ang pila kahapon madami ang pumunta at kumuha ng mga pagkain na nababatay sa kanilang pangangailangan,” he said.
Kraft added that the health protocols were strictly observed while the individuals queue in line.
“Nakikiusap po kami sa gusto mag mount ng Community Pantry na mag inform din sa inyong police station at barangay upang mabigyan kayo o ma assist natin para ma maintain pa rin ang social distancing,” he further said.
Even before community pantries became popular, Kraft said the Davao City Police Office has always provided small donations to alleviate the daily lives of those who are living in difficulty and aggravated by the pandemic.
DCPO personnel work together to achieve the true meaning of Bayanihan especially in this time of pandemic, he said.