Mayor Vico Sotto, hindi kailangan ng “Permit to Help” ang community pantries sa Pasig City

Mayor Vico Sotto, hindi kailangan ng “Permit to Help” ang community pantries sa Pasig City

- Mayor Vico Sotto declares that community pantry organizers in Pasig need not secure a permit

- The mayor said these organizers and individuals only wanted to help

- He said that no one needs to secure a “Permit to Help”

- Talks about securing a permit for community pantries surfaced after several government officials toyed with the idea of requiring organizers to first get a permit for such endeavor

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto declares that anyone can set up a community pantry within his jurisdiction without fear of being asked for a permit.

Mayor Vico Sotto, hindi kailangan ng “Permit to Help” ang community pantries sa Pasig City
Photo: Vico Sotto (@vicosotto)
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Mayor Vico said organizers need not secure a permit in Pasig City in order for them to set up a community pantry.

The local chief executive said he recently became aware of several community pantries sprouting up in his city.

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He praised the individuals and organizations who are helping the community that is in dire need of help right now.

The mayor also pointed out that the resources of the government is limited, which is why efforts from the private sector of setting up community pantries to help the less fortunate is very much welcome.

Mayor Vico also scoffed at the idea that community pantries need to secure permits from the barangay and local government units.

He said no one should be required to get a “Permit to Help.”

“Para sa mga nagtatanong, hindi kailangan ng permit. Wala po tayong “Permit to Help,” Mayor Vico said.

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Victor Ma. Regis "Vico" Nubla Sotto is a young Filipino politician who is currently serving as the 20th Mayor of Pasig City in Metro Manila. He was born on June 17, 1989 to actor Vic Sotto and actress Coney Reyes. He first entered politics when he ran for a seat on the Pasig City Council in 2016. He won the election as an independent and served a term in the city council. He joined the Aksyon Demokratiko party and was elected mayor of Pasig in 2019 with a platform focused on public consultation, data-driven governance, and universal health care in the city, which prioritizes housing programs, easier access to education, and cracking down on corruption.

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In February, Mayor Vico was named as one of the 12 International Anticorruption Champions. The said recognition was awarded by the US Department of State under the Biden Administration. The young Pasig City chief is the only Filipino among the awardees recognized for their tireless work to combat corruption.

Community pantries are seen as a big help to those who are in dire need of food. Recently, however, it was subjected to controversy after some government personalities red-tagged the organizers of community pantries. Even the first community pantry along Maginhawa St. in Quezon City, which was setup by Ana Patricia Non, was forced to shut down for safety fears. Non said that the accusations were all baseless and that all she wanted to do was to help others.

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