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Marikina parish to roll out customized mobile kitchen, clinic, library

Marikina parish to roll out customized mobile kitchen, clinic, library

The Josefheim Foundation mobile kitchen, clinic, and library.

By Oliver Samson

June 10, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic parish in Marikina City is expected to launch a vehicle customized as kitchen, clinic, and library on wheels next month.

They are eyeing to initially deliver foods to beggars and homeless in Immaculate Conception parish when it rolls out the custom-built truck on July 4, said Fr. Dari Dioquino.

A group of food caterers in Marikina has already pledged support to Josefheim Foundation’s mobile feeding program, he pointed out. 

The customized truck is owned by Josefheim Foundation, which also provides homeless people with shelter, Dioquino noted.

“The caterers would supply the truck with meal for 50 persons each time the foundation would hold mobile feeding,” the priest said.

Aside from the group of caterers, some charitable families and individuals have already expressed support to the foundation’s mobile feeding program, Dioquino noted.

“As mobile kitchen, the truck would deliver free meals to less fortunate people across the parish in the meantime,” he said. 

The foundation was also looking at indigent school kids in the four public schools in the parish, Dioquino noted.

“Some of the school children miss their breakfast or lunch because they do not have baon due to poverty,” he said.

Physicians and other health practitioners would volunteer in the foundation’s mobile clinic program, he added. Free medical check up and medicine would be offered to people who could not afford them. 

The customized truck could also function as a mobile library and classroom, Dioquino said.

“The truck will go to recipient communities and put accessible learning materials, especially to indigent students,” he said.

The vehicle was also customized to screen movies that could educate and empower the poor, Dioquino added.

“One of the plans is to show educational videos at recipient communities to help elderly, parents and children learn proper hygiene,” he said.  

The Josefheim Foundation was established by Dioquino, Msgr. Sabino Vengco, Jr., and five lay people from the parish in 2015. 

Dioquino, currently assistant parish priest at Immaculate Concpetion parish, has served in Kanlungan ni Maria – Home for the Aged in Antipolo as priest in charge for over a decade.