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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday donated P300,000 worth of grocery items to low-income communities in Quezon City, in support of the government’s efforts to provide assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 300 relief goods were turned over by the agency to three Catholic parishes—Kristong Hari and Mabuting Pastol, both in Barangay Commonwealth, and Good Shepherd Cathedral in Barangay Fairview—for distribution to the first set of beneficiaries of “ComPassion Project,” a three-phase COVID-19 community outreach initiative of the DENR Association of Career Executives (ACE) and the DENR Employees Union, in collaboration with the Career Executive Service (CES) Board.

The first phase of the newly launched project was designed to help marginalized families in Quezon City who have no access to assistance programs of the national and local governments, according to DENR Undersecretary for Priority Programs and ACE president Jonas R. Leones.

“Since there are still families who have not received support from the government, the DENR under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu decided to provide assistance to communities affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic, through our ComPassion Project,” Leones said.

“We thank everyone in the DENR community for their contribution and support for this worthy cause. Together, we make sure that no one is left behind in the COVID-19 response,” Leones said.

Aside from Leones, also present during the turn-over of the relief goods were DENR Undersecretaries Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr and Benny D. Antiporda, Assistant Secretaries Joselin Marcus Fragada and Nonita Caguioa, DENR Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force Executive Director Nilo Tamoria, and CES Board Secretariat Executive Director Officer-in-Charge Hiro Masuda. ###