The community pantry initiative has spread like wildfire all over the country. Since the start of the first one in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, over 100 more community pantries have sprouted in different cities and provinces in the Philippines, providing thousands of poor families with food supplies to get them through the day.
Because of the good they have seen through the community pantry initiative, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched its own version of it. (Read: CBCP Launches Nationwide Program for the Care of Environment)
Called the “Community Pan-Tree,” the DENR project will give away free seedlings to anyone who would want to start urban gardening.
Celebrating Earth Day
Today, April 22, the DENR is giving away free seedlings as part of the Earth Day celebrations. According to them, this is their “humble contribution to efforts addressing the issue of food security in the region.”
The DENR also emphasized that gardening can be a means to cope with the stress brought about by the pandemic. (Read: ‘Plant Lola’ Shares How Gardening Brought Her Joy Upon Retirement)
“To help Metro Manilans cope with the stress caused by the pandemic through urban gardening and planting, DENR National Capital Region will be establishing a Community Pan-TREE,” they said in a statement.
As with all other community pantries across the Philippines, the motto of this ‘pan-tree’ is “Magtanim ayon sa kakayahan. Umani ayon sa pangangailangan.”
Earth Day was born in 1970, after 20 million Americans took to the streets to advocate for environmental protection. It aimed to promote better care for the Earth and raise awareness about pollution and other environmental issues the world is facing.
Until now, 51 years after its inception, the first Earth Day remains to be the largest single-day protest in human history. (Read: How a Slight Change in Your Diet Can Help Fight Climate Change)