Catanduanes Locals Open Take-or-Share Booth to Help Each Other

It has served more than 100 families to date.

( Local government units all over the Philippines along with the private sector have been working together for almost a month now since the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. A community in Sadanga in Mountain Province has called on its residents to help each other, and Iloilo City has started plenty of initiatives to help locals and frontliners alike, the same way Pasig City has done. In the Bicol Region, an island province launched an inspiring innovation on April 12—the Catanduanes Bayanihan Movement. This citizen-led project features the Take-or-Share Booth, where locals can either take what they need or share what they have. The first booth can be found in front of the Catanduanes State University in Virac.


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The Take-or-Share Booth is for the benefit of hard-hit families whose breadwinners can’t work due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., thrice a week. During these hours, locals in need are given a complete food pack with rice, vegetables, eggs, noodles, coffee, and sugar. Up to 147 families were served on their first day on Easter Sunday.


For those who have supplies to spare, donations can either be cash pledges or in kind, such as sacks of rice, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and other essential supplies. Faculty members, non-teaching employees, and other school officials from the Catanduanes State University volunteered to man the booth. The Movement is hoping to be able to go to other locations all over the province.

For more information, follow Catanduanes Bayanihan Movement on Facebook.

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