Food for Free

Walking through the streets of Manila is a realization of how life goes for the upper class society and how the low class society like us struggle for everyday living. As the moon witness the city lights, I patiently and courageously search here for the prize of the night. My stomach crumbles as I look and daydreams or should I say night dreams linger as foods float in the air surrounding me. You may wonder what prize I’m talking about, a prize that my tomorrow depends, my family awaits and my community’s hope for surviving. My prize? Leftover foods from restaurants which I scavenge from garbage sites and dumps, we also call – Pagpag.

In Tagalog, Pagpag is the act of brushing your clothes to sweep off dusts in your clothing but for us, its chicken pulled off the trash and a way for us to survive our daily lives.

After filling my bucket with different kind of leftover foods such as half eaten patties and fried chickens. My stomach turns upside down as sour smell of the food or should i say leftover food I collected sooth the air I breathe. I need to resist this, yes, I should, for my siblings who wait for my return.

Miles from the dumpsite I scavenge, is a community suffering in hell. Innocent children are still awake, wearing tattered shirts, who try to get some pagpag from the bucket i carry. I gave them each one, just to calm the urge of their dying stomach. More turnovers and i am now here in our humble home covered by plywood and tarpaulins which reveal the faces of dumbass politicians i never knew have existed.

My 7 younger siblings hugged me as I enter, my pregnant mom was on a rest while my dad is not still on home. Empty plates surround our small table as one of my brothers holds his tummy, on grief because of hunger. I then went  to our kitchen, bit by bit cleaned the pagpag to ensure the safety of my family. Washed it with water thoroughly, removed every dirt, washed it again and cooked it with soy sauce, vinegar and bit of salt and other spices.

There you go, I have finished cooking our delicacy of the night, Adobong Pagpag.

My siblings wait as I fill their plates adobong pagpag and a bit of rice, I saw their smiles, enough to make my sweat worth it. Like a lion hungry for food, they ferociously ate the food in their plate, a reason for me to force them to stop. They all know the reason why I held them in anticipation.

We all had our sign of the cross and within our hearts, said in chorus ‘Oh lord God, thank you for the food in front us.’

For the reader of this, Do not waste food, be grateful for what you have, because someone out there was struggling just to have what you had.

 

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An Advocacy of ELE151 Kampo Kawayan

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janv08
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Many people don’t realize how bless they are, they complain about the kind of life they have even they are blessed enough to have those kind of luxuries.They don’t even think that they are blessed enough to eat 3 times a day without scavenging food enable to eat.I support this advocacy because it brighten up every mind of people who always complain on what they have.This advocacy give us a message that in every gift or things you receive or you have you must be thankful . This advocacy remind us that we must always thank God for everything he… Read more »

layraaltomea
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layraaltomea

1. Why do you think this advocacy needed in society? This advocacy is needed in our society today because it has been one of the reasons why most of poor families is suffering from hunger. From an individual who did not able to finish his/her studies which leads to unemployment until having his/her own family, cannot provide the essential needs like secured home, clothes to wear, and food to eat. Each individual should eat atleast three times a day to gain energy and avoid illness. That is why this advocacy “food for free” should be implemented for families who really… Read more »

Monica Arevalo
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Monica Arevalo

What is the first importance of this social movement in the society? First of all the importance of social movements whereas, uncertain life. like what I’ve read a while ago about the street children and a broken families who’s living in the street my realization is how lucky I am because of the blessings that Lord gave to me unlike the children who’s suffered in their life in the low class society, who doesn’t have their own home who cannot survive in their own lives and they can’t eat atleast 3 times a day, now you’ve facing the reality of… Read more »

Regine
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Regine

What is the first importance of social movement in the society? Thrives on the ability of the progressive community to capitalizes on political opportunuties.To capitalize on political opportunities. Translate such opportunities to social change.Striving to work a common goal.Attempting to create change. Focuses on the creation and reproduction of inequality.Secure the rights of everybody.Adapting to communication technology trend.They carry out,resists,or undo a social change.Utilize technology and the internet to mobilize people globally. Food is very important.We can’t live without food.We will get sick if we didn’t eat anything.We need food to live and grow.It give us energy. There’s a lot… Read more »

dianeramosblog
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1.) This advocacy is about the main problem in our society which is poverty. The aim of this advocacy is to open our eyes in a more realistic manner. An eye opener for us to know the real status of a community wherein they don’t have enough money to eat for at least three times a day. Some people tend to steal money in order to fill their empty stomach, some are making a way by collecting waste food from fastfoods. 2.) This advocacy is important because it made us realize that we should be grateful on what we have… Read more »

condelaidyl
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condelaidyl

I will support the advocacy entitled “food for free” because as we can see the environment nowadays, most of the percentage are counted by the hunger and poor people. The advocacy shows the real happenings in our society that needs more attention and action to solve the crisis that we face. We as a student ,we can do an action by giving them even a little help by sharing our blessings to give some foods, clothes and things that they can use to fight the challenges of their everyday life. This advocacy reminds us to be contented of what we… Read more »

Carmen Rizza Casinas
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This kind of advocacy is highly needed in our society predominantly to affect social change. Through posting articles that particularly talks about different advocates like this one can already create a huge impact to each and everyone regarding different issues and problems of the society. Since there are exceptionally large number of active users of social media every day, this advocacy will probably be given at least a glimpse by the “netizens” as well. I believe that advocates like this encourages everyone who cares about the issues of hunger and food justice of society can make necessary actions that will… Read more »

rilakkuma495
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In this modern era I must say that food is necessary. This advocacy enlightens us to be thankful for what we have. For fortunate family we are blessed that we don’t experience hunger or sickness because we have our basic necessities. Let’s not waste the blessings that we receive everyday because some of us badly need it. Unfortunate people struggle everyday to survive and make a living, there’s no assurance on what will happen to their lives without food. So treasure what we have right now because we don’t know what the future will bring to us. Indeed Jose Rizal… Read more »

Rilakkuma26
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In this modern era I must say that food is necessary. This advocacy enlightens us to be thankful for what we have. For fortunate family we are blessed that we don’t experience hunger or sickness because we have our basic necessities. Let’s not waste the blessings that we receive everyday because some of us badly need it. Unfortunate people struggle everyday to survive and make a living, there’s no assurance on what will happen to their lives without food. So treasure what we have right now because we don’t know what the future will bring to us. Indeed Jose Rizal… Read more »

Ellaine Dorero
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In this modern era I must say that food is necessary. This advocacy enlightens us to be thankful for what we have. For fortunate family we are blessed that we don’t experience hunger or sickness because we have our basic necessities. Let’s not waste the blessings that we receive everyday because some of us badly need it. Unfortunate people struggle everyday to survive and make a living, there’s no assurance on what will happen to their lives without food. So treasure what we have right now because we don’t know what the future will bring to us. Indeed Jose Rizal… Read more »

Geoffrey Miguel
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A poverty trap can cause severe lack of food. People living in poverty can’t afford nutritious food for themselves and to their families. The importance of advocacy “Food for free” in society, it promotes awareness for us to know the value of everyday foods. Food can supply as the fundamental method to feed by maintaining our natural body. Hunger affects the energy to focus, learn, grow, and ultimately succeed, that’s why that advocacy exist to restore humanities. People are people, if we give there’s a lot of encouragements affectionally to those who receive. It promotes also about saving our lives… Read more »

Isis Castillo
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Isis Castillo

This social movement- food for free- gives answer to the government’s 10-year problem. The food for free movement, if passed and implied, would play a huge change to the society. It is important that the street people, especially the street children should be given food for free. For the children in this generation would carry the responsibilities of being a leader in the generation to come that includes our children and grandchildren’s generation. It is important that we give heed to the people around our society for a society is considered as one. Change comes from the people of the… Read more »

angelinemariemonsale
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What is the importance of social movement in the society? A social movement is a group of organization that focuses on a specific social issue, which means they try to resolve social issues in their own way, they doesn’t depend on the actions of the government. Makes me realize that social movement is important in society. Social movement can change life of others either it is small or big, thus they can resolve problems in the society little by little, come to think of it. If there are many social movements on the society, the higher probability that society can… Read more »

brendaperillabasalio
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1. What is the importance of social movement in the society? The importance of the social movement is they have the power to change the society. Social movement usually have to do with change rather than persistence. And they usually emerge from “under-class” group who lack meaningful access to other official means of power. They are among the “weapons of the weak” like what I have chosen “Food for Free” it about poverty. W all know that all of us have the right to depend our rights that’s why we have a social movement. 2. Why is it important to… Read more »

tinpineda
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This social movement focuses on the street children or some people that has no ability, lack of money to buy their own food. “Do not waste food, be grateful for what you have, because someone out there was struggling just to have what you had.” This quote is the prove that whatever food is filed on your table, you should thank God for his blessings. And always put yourself in other people’s shoes and imagine how they feel. This social movement will serves an eye opener for the rest of the people who always wasting their food and taking it… Read more »

Eunice Colinayo
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Eunice Colinayo

Honestly, the articles that I’ve just read are all on point. I love how the author/s expressed their opinions in each article. Yes, we are very fortunate when we can eat 3 times a day or more than that. We should be thankful that we’re belong to the middle class. Nowadays, people will just ignore the foods that they don’t like while others are longing and starving for that food. I feel pity to those family esp to their children who will beg for foods everyday. But I think some of these people will beg money over than food. Money… Read more »

avrein
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The problem of the society focused in here is that the lack of food in lower class people. This can be connected to me as a student nurse, because nurses’ like us should have the power to promote good health in the people around us, But scavenging food like a vulture in the desert is not an easy way and it cannot promote good health among the people who eat those leftovers. But how come , sometimes I see that scavenging is the only way to overcome the hunger of the small families living in depressed communities. They don’t have… Read more »

Aivy M. Dimaporo
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Aivy M. Dimaporo

1. The problem in this advocacy is many filipinos has the characteristics of this “bahala na system” as we can see with our own two eyes physically both adult and teenagers now a days influenced by this environmental factors, such as lack of education deprivation with in their families, especially people coming from grass roots who in anyway has no capacity and stable job for their resources. Secondly, is this early marriage when no one has no capacity and ability to brought up a family. Next is lack of education and this is now the primary problem in our society.And… Read more »

Rob Valeriano
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Rob Valeriano

This article reminds me when I shared my food to those people who beg for my food. I Experienced hunger and it hurts. And I believe that it is my responsibility to share at least some portions of our resources to save these dying people. Maybe we possess more resources so that we could share our privilege together and to be able to reach out for these global neighbors. What if we were there , crying for hunger and crying for survival every day, and they were in our positions, instead?Shouldn’t we do something about it? There are many cases… Read more »

hezz143
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-The problem of society is no one cares of these people who don’t have enough money to buy foods. Many of Filipino people are lazy that’s why they have no proper or legal work. They only beg you for food or money and that’s all. It’s okey for them to live like that, that’s why they are continuing doing the same thing everyday. The government have less care of the people in the streets but I’ts not the government, I’ts the parents who don’t have a plan for birth and It’s because the parents don’t have a work because they… Read more »

hezz143
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-The problem of society is no one cares of these people who don’t have enough money to buy foods. Many of Filipino people are lazy that’s why they have no proper or legal work. They only beg you for food or money and that’s all. It’s okey for them to live like that, that’s why they are continuing doing the same thing everyday. The government have less care of the people in the streets but I’ts not the government, I’ts the parents who don’t have a plan for birth and It’s because the parents don’t have a work because they… Read more »

hezz123
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hezz123

-The problem of society is no one cares of these people who don’t have enough money to buy foods. Many of Filipino people are lazy that’s why they have no proper or legal work. They only beg you for food or money and that’s all. It’s okey for them to live like that, that’s why they are continuing doing the same thing everyday. The government have less care of the people in the streets but I’ts not the government, I’ts the parents who don’t have a plan for birth and It’s because the parents don’t have a work because they… Read more »

jmpaguila
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The problem in our society? The main problem of our society is poverty. Poverty is the cause and effect of issues like hunger and thirst. Unemployment and having a very low income is also a cause of poverty. It is also the reason why a lot of children can’t afford going to school. Education is a main tool for us to avoid poverty. We should know the importance of learning. Poverty is a major cause of social tensions and threatens to divide a nation because of the issue of inequalities and in particular income inequality. Why do you think rizal… Read more »

Elsie Dela torre
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Elsie Dela torre

After reading this article a lot of realizations comes to my mind. I realized how blessed I am that I can eat 3 times a day or even more than that. How blessed I am that my parents have stable job and can provide me my needs like food, water and other essential things that we need. Poverty is the main problem that our society facing now, there’s many of our fellowmen are suffering from hunger beacause of poverty. When poverty hits you, it also the time that hunger comes to your way. I can say that this advocacy should… Read more »

Samantha Harada
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Samantha Harada

The one of the problem now a days is the low class society struggled everyday living. They don’t have food to eat their stomach scrumbles their night dreams linger as foods float in the air surrounding.

Rizal will support them because we already knew that he loved our country very much so he will do everything for the Filipino no matter what.

Sayuri Bolante
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Sayuri Bolante

This is one of the advocacy I support because I believe that by giving free food to the poor promotes awareness to the society about the hunger issue we are facing today. If the government can provide free condoms why cant they provide free foods? its not that they are required to give extravagant or sumptuous food but at least, they should provide cheap but healthy foods enough for those people who really can’t afford to provide their own. By giving out free foods, we are not teaching them to be dependent to the government (We should also monitor the… Read more »

Antonio Cruz
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We can actually help the poor by giving them food or spare changes. i have witnessed many children around our school begging for money and food and it is sad to see that at a young age they start to work or even beg for people’s extra food or money. i myself is willing to help those in need. but not to an extent that they will depend on me. every time i see young individuals or even older ones i give them my spare, because i know that little things make them happy and i know i live in… Read more »

Vincent Masangkay
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Vincent Masangkay

Isa ito sa mga magandang paraan para kumonti ang mga malnourished at malnurtion. Dapat pondohan to ng ating gobyerno. Tulad na lang ng mga tao sa pagilid ng ating school (NU) kung mapapansin nyo may mga bata na na mamalimos sa mga tao para pambili ng pagkain. Kung may libreng pag kain sana sa mga mahihirap ay inaasahan ko na di na mangyayari pa ito. Kaso malabo ang mangyari to kasi SOBRANG GAHAMAN NG ATING GOBYERNO. PROUD AKONG PINOY AKO NGUNIT KINAKAHIYA KO ANG GOBYERNO KO.

elizara dela cruz
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elizara dela cruz

Food for free? How I wish it’s true. in my daily life whenever I pass the streets on my way to school there’s a lot of scavenger seeking for food. I saw it with my own eyes how they tried to look for food in the trash cans. When they can’t find food to eat they look to another, but when they find let overs, somehow they’re satisfied. this advocacy really proves how lucky I am to eat three times a day. one time, walking back to school with my my lunch food in hand, there was a little girl… Read more »

Christian Villaruel
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Christian Villaruel

Free food is impossible to make it happen because first the government should fund for this and the government is facing alot of problems so this is going to be impossible, there’s a way to handle this we can give away our leftovers and we can give some extra money for them to buy the food. When i see any children that begging for some extra money for them to buy foods i don’t hesitate to give them money, i reach in my pocket and if there’s any money that i have i gave to them.

christian orquia
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christian orquia

Para sakin mas maganda bigyan ng libreng pagkain ang mahihirap o mababang presyo para mataguyod nila yung pang araw araw nilang pangangailangan sa buhay dahil sa panahon ngayon kunti lang yung nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral nakakapagtrabaho kung mahirap ay o pulubi ka sa pagilid mahirap kang tanggapin sa isang trabaho. para mataguyod ang pangangailangan ng pamilya sa pang araw-araw.

Mark Genesis Labarosa
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Mark Genesis Labarosa

Food for free? Impossible because now theres nothing free in this world. You should pay for everything living and all the necessary things etc. I saw many people starving to death and i feel sorry for them all of us should eat and theres a way to it if the government will use the fund properly maybe the food for free will be possible for everyone.

Kyrone Laudencia
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Kyrone Laudencia

libreng pagkain? malabong mangyare sa gobyerno ng pilipinas yan. Maski nga walang makain apektado sa mga pag corrupt nila.

john nicole espiritu
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john nicole espiritu

this country is so cruel to their people . every people of this country philippines deserved the benefits of our government because every peso that we spent people can help.

nathaniel renegado
Guest
nathaniel renegado

Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need.

Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

Our programs address not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition.

In addition, food rescue—also called salvage or gleaning—reduces food waste.

Nathaniel Renegado 🙂

Jacob Mangulabnan
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Jacob Mangulabnan

Food for free? If government can give some free food i say yes to that. But in other the government cant provide money for the food or else they are corrupt. I can help this advocacy to give food for those who needed if the government will provide those needs. If that is impossible they cant give free food or else it would be worsen.

– Jacob Mangulabnan

Cortez, Nikole A.
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Cortez, Nikole A.

Republic of the Philippines Republic Act no. 150013 An act that provides free food for families on every month of year to those who lives in slum. Section 1. Short Title- This act shall be known as ” Free Food law”. Section 2. This existing law provides families free food worth 2 thousand pesos on every month of the year to those who lived in slum. Section 3. It shall be the duty of a Barangay Captain on every barangays to lead a commitee to conduct the law. Section 4. Any person who shall fakes his social life status shall… Read more »

thecrazednewyorker
Member

Republic of the Philippines
Republic Act 12131989
AN ACT PROHIBITING WASTING FOOD STUFF THAT IS STILL EDIBLE

Section 1. All food stuff from groceries and supermarkets that does not qualify their standard tests shall collect all these food to distribute to slums and beggars. Any establishment caught disregarding the law shall pay a fine of P250,000 and the removal of the establishment’s business license.

Section 2. Establisments shall not allow people from the lowest socio-economic margin to collect leftovers. Instead, establishments are obligated to donate a portion of their monthly supply to charities. Any establisments caught has the same penalty as of Section 1.

-ELE151

Diane Delos Reyes
Guest
Diane Delos Reyes

SAVE YOUR LEFTOVER FOOD BILL 2017

ARTICLE 1799

This law is entitled to everyone from the avoidance of putting their leftover foods into trash or taking it out from the restaurants. Leftover foods will be distributed to beggars instead by the management of the organization. To anyone who will violate this law shall be penalized of 50,000 and will give a 10,000 cash for the beggars near the vicinity.

thecrazednewyorker
Member

Ay sorry naman sir. Lutang eh. What I mean is di pa expired. Pwede pa po bang iedit? Hahaha

thecrazednewyorker
Member

Hahahaha sir edit ko nalang ayusin ko. You get naman the gist sir diba? Hahahaha

Raella Fabro
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Raella Fabro

RA 0112
Section 1: This Act shall be known and cited as the “Libreng Pakain sa mga mahihirap 2017”
SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby declared the policy of the State that every poor filipino will be provided of breakfast, lunch and dinner in their designated barangay center.

Joanne Antonio
Guest
Joanne Antonio

Republic Act 3210

PENALTY FOR PEOPLE WHO WASTE FOOD AND REWARD FOR THOSE WHO DONATES BILL 2017

Section 1: Those who will be seen throwing out food that could still be eaten, have to be penalized according to this law by paying 10,000 pesos for the first offense and would get doubled the second time you do it. The money that the offender paid would be use to buy foods for the poor.

Section 2: People who would donate food constantly to those who are in need would be given an acknowledgement and a money reward.

-ANTONIO, JOANNE KELLY FIN131