Indian businessmen feed 200 Filipinos daily since the start of community quarantine

  • Indian businessmen have been feeding at least 200 Filipinos a day since the start of the community quarantine
  • The group began handing out food packs in Metro Manila through the help of Malasakit Movement, the NGO of MMDA Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago
  • Pialago said business partners Vijay Gurung, Jitesh Kagrani, Nitesh Aswani, and Surat Rana want to give back to Filipinos amid trying times

Aiming to give back to their community amid trying times, a group of Indian businessmen from Makati has been feeding at least 200 Filipinos a day since the start of the COVID-19 quarantine.

Image via Malasakit Movement

Through the help of the Malasakit Movement, the non-government organization (NGO) of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, the group began handing out food packs in Metro Manila; reaching out to street dwellers, frontliners, and people living in depressed areas.

When the government place the National Capital Region under community quarantine few months ago, Pialago said business partners–Vijay Gurung, Jitesh Kagrani, Nitesh Aswani, and Surat Rana–approached the NGO to help them distribute food packs to those who are in need.

“They partnered with us because they want to give back to the community during these very trying times. They took the initiative to give food packs because they own a restaurant in Makati,” she said.

Gurung, the owner of the Royal Indian Curry House in Makati, said he and his business partners really want to help the Filipinos affected by the crisis so they made a commitment of giving at least 200 food packs every day. As of writing, the group was able to distribute more than 20,000 meals already.

Image via Malasakit Movement

“With the help of the Malasakit Movement, we distribute food packs to street dwellers and frontliners in Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, and other parts of Metro Manila. This is only our little way to help the community during this COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “We give food at hospitals, and at checkpoints as well. We want to show our frontliners that we are very grateful for their sacrifices to fight COVID-19.”

In the coming days, the group will also start giving food packs and hygiene kits to stranded OFWs, Pialago said. The hygiene kits contain tissues, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpastes, shampoos, lotions, alcohols, and napkins, among others.


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