In the spirit of malasakit sa kapwa in this time of pandemic, the NIAEASP, as part of their observance of their 34th Anniversary, organized a community pantry with the theme "Hatag sa imong makaya, Kuha sa imong kinahanglan" on May 24, 2021 for the nearby locals of Barangay 1-A.
Residents picked from various choices of daily staples such as rice, eggs, canned goods, noodles; and fresh vegetables such as okra, string beans, karlang, squash, sayote, mongo, among others. Pre-packed snacks were also provided for those who came.
NIAEASP Officers led by the Association President Vincent B. Buenaventura with support from NIA XI Management RM Jimmy L. Apostol were able to pool resources from NIA employees and also tapped RCIA Officers headed by RCIA President Francis Bernardino which made the activity possible.
The Association carefully planned the activity to assure compliance to health and safety protocols. A separate waiting area was set at the office grounds at the front where residents could sit in good distance from each other while waiting for their turn as only two were allowed at a time to go to the NIA Gym where the community pantry was set.
Over 200 recipients benefited on the first day. Leaving the office with their bags filled with goods, residents were very happy and thankful for NIA. They couldn't also help but notice how organized the event was and that there was no crowding at all throughout.
The community pantry is a week-long activity from May 24-28, 2021 involving all NIAEASP Region XI Chapters, namely Regional Office, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental Chapters. The Association made necessary changes on the mode of distribution at the issuance of EO No. 31, Series of 2021.