Anna Carreon | June 25, 2018
In the South Harbor district of Port Area, Manila is Brgy. Baseco, an urban poor community of 60,000 people and where the Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran Baseco Incorporated (Kabalikat) works towards securing land tenure, equal rights, and sustainable livelihood for its residents. Recently, the socio-civic organization received 140 50-kilogram sacks of rice — a total of 7,000 kilos — from Pilmico in coordination with the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and Urban Poor Associates (UPA).
The donation to Kabalikat will be used to stock up their existing rice inventory. In total, they have 32 rice leaders in charge of dispatching the rice to their members. The income generated by the rice sales will be used to support Kabalikat’s health program, which includes weekly feeding activity for over 200 elementary school students in Baseco, free medicine, and medical assistance.
Other peoples’ organizations and cooperatives affiliated with the UPA and OVP in Tondo, Manila will also benefit from the rice donation by starting their own community rice enterprise.
Present during the turnover were Pilmico Customer Service Supervisor for Trading Faye Tersona, Kabalikat President Georgie Tenolete, Kabalikat Secretary Mayet Betasolo, and UPA Community Organizer Arwin Atentar.