Friday, December 2, 2016

'Duterte's Kitchen' in Cubao Serves FREE Food For Street Kids

A small-time restaurant named after President Rodrigo Duterte has been opened to serve free food to street children.

Located in Cubao, "Duterte's Kitchen's" concept was inspired by a project of Duterte when he was still mayor of Davao City.

Project manager, Dexter Araquel told ABS-CBN News that the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) adopted the concept in Metro Manila to aid kids who are begging for money on the streets.

He also said that "Duterte's Kitchen" relies only on donations in-kind and volunteer work

Araquel recalled that in their first few weeks, the only food in their menu was either lugaw or champorado (chocolate rice porridge).

But nearly two months after they opened, donations poured in which enabled them to cook full meals for the kids.

"Duterte's Kitchen" already has regular patrons, but volunteers continue to look for street kids who need food in nearby areas.

Aside from food, they now teach kids how to read and write, with the help of teacher-volunteers.

Vivian Pulga, a volunteer in charge of food, said she is happy to see the kids having fun and satisfied with their meals.

She said she is happy that "Duterte's Kitchen" has been keeping kids from solvent addiction.

"Duterte's Kitchen," which was launched last October 10, is located in a building along EDSA, just across Farmers Plaza -- a few steps away from the MRT station there and now serving free food to street children, Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Source: ABS-CBN