Priests from the Dominican Order led relief efforts for poor communities hit by quarantine restrictions, giving hot meals to residents in Caloocan and Malabon and vegetables to families in Sampaloc, Manila.

Fr. Victor Calvo, Jr. O.P. said the meals were distributed in Barangay 37 in Caloocan, and in Tinajeros, Malabon, under the “SHARE-A-MEAL COVID-19 Response” project of the Dominican Family for Justice and Peace and Care for Creation.

Beneficiaries included frontliners, Calvo said.

The Santisimo Rosario Parish inside the University of Santo Tomas campus, under Fr. Paul Reagan Talavera, O.P., rolled out the “Pak na Pak Pakbet” campaign, in which vegetables produced by women farmers in Nueva Ecija were given to poor families in the Sampaloc district, one of the areas with the highest number of Covid-19 cases.

The parish partnered with the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Project of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education of UST.

The parish council, meanwhile gave food packs containing rice, eggs and dried fish, under its BIT (bigas, itlog tuyo) drive. (Chris King dela Cruz)