By Raydes Barcia


Legazpi City—As the Supreme Court of the Philippines celebrate it’s 121st anniversary, a community pantry for court employees is done dubbed as “one community”.

The SC community pantry for court personnel is inspired by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and the Associate Justices last year (during the hardest and prolonged lockdown) kicks off today following the 121st anniversary.

The event is a one day activity, Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo said.

“Its a  one day community pantry we started last year.  Also all offices of the SC have since last year anniversary engaged in different outreach programs,” Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo told Rapid News PH.

Lawyer Maria Carina M. Cunanan,  deputy clerk of court and chief administrative officer said that various vegetables produce were sourced out from the farmers in Baguio City and Nueva Ecija.

This year’s SC community pantry marks the first year anniversary of the Courts’ Kalinga Weeks Project started by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa the statement said.

The SC was formally organized under the Judiciary Law (Act 136) on June 11, 1901.

Last year, the Supreme Court justices led by Gesmundo donated tons of vegetables to fill food banks in Metro Manila following the yearlong coronavirus pandemic lockdown. 

The SC community pantries initiative in Manila also trickled down in the countryside specifically in the far-flung villages of Albay where the indigenous people in Cagraray Island, Bacacay Albay benefited the country pantry through the initiative of one of the members of the Supreme Court who refused to be identified.  (Raydes Barcia)

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