As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the livelihood of many Filipinos, the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) launched Kusina sa Barangay, a community pantry project aimed to help give residents from local barangays access to food, last April 30.
Kusina sa Barangay partnered with eight barangays in which the industrial park belongs –Barangays Sta. Anastacia and San Rafael in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and Barangays Ulango , Pantay Matanda, Pantay Bata, Pagaspas, and Laurel in Tanauan, Batangas–to open a community pantry. Through this project, a community pantry will be set up in each barangay that can serve as venue for residents to share their blessings with others and for the less fortunate to pick up food to serve their families. Each community pantry is housed in the barangay’s covered court to enable the strict observance of health protocols.
The community pantry currently collects food items such as rice, spices, vegetables, fruits, eggs, noodles, canned goods, and condiments–food with long shelf life that the
The Kusina sa Barangay aims to serve all those who are in need, especially those whose resources were greatly impacted by the pandemic. A growing list of sponsors and partner locators are pledging support and sharing commodities for the project.
A 520-hectare ecozone in Santo Tomas and Tanauan in Batangas, FPIP was established by the Lopez Group through First Philippine Holdings Corporation, together with Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, as a way of helping create jobs for Filipinos by developing a world-class location for manufacturers and traders from around the world. To date, FPIP and its locators provide employment for over 60,000 Filipinos.