City worker shares Xmas gift to Sendong victims PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2011 15:01

Driven by his sympathy to the plight of the victims of Typhoon Sendong, a job order employee of City Hall decided to donate a sack of rice which he received as Christmas gift from the city government.

Joel Cebulo Masaganda of Sta. Maria, a driver at the City Health Office personally turned over to Mayor Celso Lobregat Wednesday afternoon his donation at City Hall for inclusion in the second batch of relief goods to be delivered to the Ateneo de Zamboanga, the consolidation point of all donated goods for the distribution to the victims of flashfloods spawned by tropical storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.

Masaganda, together with other casual and job order employees received a sack of rice and P2, 000 each as Christmas gift from the city government. As non-regular employees, Masaganda and other casual workers and job-order employees including those working under the CELSO program are not entitled to the P25,000 cash bonus.

However, despite his humble Christmas incentive, Masaganda chose to donate the rice to the victims of the catastrophe brought about by Typhoon Sendong.
During an interview, Masaganda related that he was moved by the invitation of Mayor Lobregat to donate foods, clothing and other relief items to the victims in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City.

When it was confirmed that the City Government will give P2,000 and a sack of rice to all job-order employees, Masaganda without hesitation decided to donate his share.

Mayor Lobregat lauded the humanitarian gesture of Masaganda stressing that the latter’s example is worth emulating.

The 48-year old bachelor started working in the city way back in 2007. When asked about his personal message to his fellow constituents, Masaganda though a little hesitant to publicize his effort simply replied, “Just give what you can that comes from the heart.” — Richard Aliangan