Celso brings cheers to abandoned kids, elderly PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:49

Like a Santa Claus, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday hopped from one orphanage center to the other to distribute Christmas presents, an annual tradition to mark special occasions such as the yuletide season and his birthday.

In the spirit of Christmas, the mayor distributed food packs, clothes, toys and groceries rice and other relief goods eliciting cheers and excitement from the recipients, who are people who least expect such offerings.

Fifty seven wards at the Home for the Elderly in Talon-talon; 77 infants and children at the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) also in Talon-talon; 46 kids at the Akay Kalinga in Carmen Street; 90 children at the Social Development Center and 24 wards at the Women Crisis Center in Sta. Barbara were the beneficiaries of the mayor’s gift giving activity.

The gift giving activity was coordinated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) under Francisco Barredo and represented yesterday by staff Evelyn Las Marias.

The mayor was joined by Councilors Nonong Guingona, Myra Paz Abubakar, VP Elago and Eddie Saavedra during the sorties at the different orphanage centers. The presence of a mascot added attraction and excitement to the children and even the adults and the elderly-beneficiaries.

“This is our way of spreading the cheers and joys of Christmas”, the mayor stressed.   He said the gift-giving activities during Christmas had become a tradition since the time of his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

This week, the mayor will also lead in gift giving activities for city government employees under the special projects program as well as regular and casual employees and the barangay officials and other sectors.

The mayor also conducted a similar gift giving activity during his birthday last March 26 at the Home for the Elderly and the different orphanage centers in the city. — Sheila Covarrubias