For all those who are wondering… Here are a few frequently asked questions that I’ve found answers for while talking to the people behind the DK initiative.
1. What is with Duterte’s Kitchen CDO? – Duterte’s Kitchen CDO is a non-profit group, composed of volunteer organizations that got united with the same vision for the city – that is to serve food to those in-need. Specifically street children, rugby boys, elderly, homeless, and the like. This project is Inspired by President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Lugaw ng Masa” feeding program when he was still mayor of Davao City.
2. Is it affiliated with Duterte’s Kitchen Cubao (the original DK)? – Yes, they are affiliated with Duterte’s Kitchen Cubao. One of the CDO organizers, Ms. Dorothy “Dadat” Balaba, travelled to Cubao and asked permission personally thru Head Manager Dexter Araquel.
3. How are the beneficiaries identified? – Through Anonymous CDO, a local group of teens who regularly does feeding before these all started has identified those they have fed before and people within the organization also help pinpoint those they see are already camping around the city. Those that are prioritized are the elderly and children who are just lying down on the streets with nothing but paper or carton to cover themselves when it rains or on chilly nights.
4. How does the Kitchen know they are the identified beneficiaries? – Once the members of the DK group sees them on the streets, they are given meal stubs that they need to bring to the Kitchen on the given schedule. When they present their stubs, they are served first. The regulars are also recorded so they don’t need to get tickets.
5. How about the walk-ins? – They will also be served as long as there is still food available.
6. Won’t this initiative create more indolent or lazy people? – The feeding program is only the start of this project. This is a way to jump start everyone involved. In the kitchen, they don’t just let them eat. They also work a little – they work on themselves (wash hands properly), they start to learn discipline (falling-in-line, waiting for their turn), they start to learn responsibilities (clean up after they eat). Educating them and teaching them other outlets for their emotions (arts, music, etc.) is also in the minds of the people behind this but the feeding is just to start.
Cleaning his nails
This kid was taught how to wash hands properly. Photo by: Rosanna Lim
These kids were taught how to wash hands properly. Happily following instructions. Photo by: Rosanna Lim
Clean up after eating
They are also taught to wash their plates after they eat. Photo by: Rosanna Lim
7. How does the elderly and kids get to the place? – One of the groups in the organization have volunteers who have pickup trucks who would go to the areas where Anonymous CDO have gathered them, and they transport them to the place. Here’s a photo of United PDG (President Duterte Group) arriving at DVSoria for the pick-up of the elderly and street kids last Saturday (Feb. 18, 2017).
Here are ways you can help and support the initiatives of Duterte’s Kitchen CDO.
1. Teach street children how to read and write during weekends.
2. Teach street children about arts – play a musical instrument, draw, etc. on weekends
3. Feed and engage with street children as they eat, 10 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 6 pm.
4. Donate in-kind goods.
5. Volunteer for work. Fill up this online form: http://duterteskitchencdo.com/volunteers.php
Duterte’s Kitchen CDO is located at #20 Andres-Fernandez Street, Carmen. Landmark for those getting there by foot will be Lines Pharmacy. For those with vehicles, Ogis Lechon Manok. Check out the map here:
Duterte’s Kitchen CDO only accepts donations in-kind and volunteer work.
For inquiries message them on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DutertesKitchenCDO/
What do you think of Duterte’s Kitchen CDO? What about their mission to provide food and basic education for street children? Let us know in the comments section below.