The Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has launched a feeding program called "Duterte Kitchen's" in Cubao, QC to feed the poor, both adults and children.
According to PDP-Laban officials, the free food center is the brainchild of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in support of President Duterte's advocacy to feed the poor.
Glenn Badon, said Duterte's Kitchen was agreed upon during a meeting among House Speaker Alvarez, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi and other party officials.
He said the feeding program aims to complement their social services and economic development program.
Duterte’s Kitchen is located along EDSA near the Metro Rail Transit terminal in Cubao – between Farmers Plaza and the Social Security System building – and is feeding between 50 to 70 street children daily during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“Before, we only provide food for the street children, but now even hungry adults are also being attended to,” Badon said.
According to him, Duterte’s Kitchen mostly serves free lugaw and champorado for breakfast, rice meal with vegetables, fish, adobong manok and baboy during lunch and dinner.
He said their staff is composed of “volunteers who believe on the advocacy of extending help to the underprivileged people and bring hope and inspiration to them.
The food being served also depends on the donors. If we receive donated vegetables, chicken or pork meat, then we serve these to the street children and even to the elders," said Badon.
Duterte's Kitchen will not only provide food but also serves as a "family center" where street children will be taugh how to read.
“It provides street children the means to uplift their lives. We have programs that will equip them with knowledge like teaching them to read. We are family to them,” he said.
Other Duterte’s Kitchens will soon be established in other parts of the country and aimed at helping the less privileged.
"We will bring Duterte's Kitchen nationwide to feed and teach children roaming the streets so that we can uplift their situation," Badon said.
Badon expressed high hopes that Duterte’s Kitchen will soon become a comprehensive temporary shelter that will provide emergency medical services and feeding as well as basic education through the help of volunteers and donors.