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Armed Forces of the Philippines deploys personnel to prepare meals for the needy

By John Legaspi


AFP’s mobile kitchen

In the past weeks, the government, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has been under fire due to the military presence during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The situation worsened when these officials started to check on the “pasaways” that called for food assistance.

Despite their intimidating appearance, to show that they are on the people’s side, the AFP announced that starting today they will deploy mobile kitchens to provide warm meals to homeless Filipinos and families gravely affected by the ECQ in Luzon under its “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko” campaign. An estimate of 3,000 disadvantaged individuals is expected to benefit from the initiative.

According to Navy Captain Jonathan Zata, AFP’s public affairs office chief, the provision of meals through AFP mobile kitchens will complement the government’s efforts to assist street dwellers and ECQ protocols in limiting civilian movements outside.

“Other identified beneficiaries included stranded workers, students receiving little to no support, informal settlers, and families in depressed communities,” says Zata.

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Culinary-trained soldiers will man the military kitchen trucks dubbed as “Vessels of Blessings.” The selected troops will prepare the meals every day while support personnel will be in charge of delivering the meals to designated drop-off points.

In true spirit of bayanihan, the project is implemented by the Civil Relations Service AFP (CRSAFP) and is headed by Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr. with the help of partner stakeholders and generous donors.

“Those who wish to contribute and be part of ‘Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko’ campaign whether through the use of military resources or donations, may coordinate with the CRSAFP,” says Zata.

The campaign’s pilot project site is at Purok 1, 2, and 3 in Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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