UPLB alumna and agripreneur Anjanette Tadena started a “Kindness Station” In Pangasinan to provide for the basic grocery needs of farmers and indigent families during the Luzon-wide lockdown.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños Agriculture graduate started her donation-driven Kindness Station in San Carlos City for daily wage earners to obtain needed supplies for their families during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Farmers and daily wage earners like tricycle drivers and construction workers have been noted to struggle in supporting their families financially during this drought of work and employment due to the ECQ. Thus, Tadena, who has been recognized for her supportive work for agricultural laborers, opened up a Kindness Station on April 16, 2020, in her hometown to help them.
At the Pangasinan Kindness Station, products like soap, drinks, and canned food are displayed with labels stating their worth in “points.” Each family that comes into the Station is allowed to get up to 150 points worth of supplies per day.
Anjanette Tadena, an agriculturist who works with the Department of Agriculture, shared with Good News Pilipinas that their act of compassion was heavily inspired by the non-profit Kindness Stations in Sorsogon, the first of which set up in Buenavista Elementary School. Since their introduction last week, more such donation-based relief stations have popped up throughout Luzon.
Their method is described by a Bayanihan motto: “Take what you need, leave some for others, and give what you can.”
Anjanette Tadena also spearheads the “Bayanihan Para sa Magsasaka” which distributes grocery packs to inner barrios in Pangasinan and Tarlac. The project has been endorsed by PHILDHRRA Luzon.
Anjanette Tadena previously represented her school and country in YSEALI Southeast Asian agribusiness competition in Laos and was declared a champion with her proposed startup company aimed to help mushroom production in the Philippines.
Another movement to help the indigent and vulnerable is the collaboration of Caritas Manila and Oplan Ugnayan businesses to distribute ₱1 billion-worth of grocery certificates to poor families.
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