Celso shares yuletide joys to poor residents PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 December 2011 17:12

In keeping with tradition, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday shared the joys of the Yuletide season with over 3,000 indigent residents and their children as he regaled them with assorted goods and apples at his residence in Nunez.

“This is an annual undertaking to spread the joys of Christmas to the less privileged”, the mayor said. The gift giving activity every Christmas is in keeping with the tradition started by his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

The beneficiaries, mostly mothers and children, started queuing the streets of Nunez where the mayor’s residence is located as early as 5am to avail of the gift-giving activity. They come from different barangays of the city—both in the east and west coasts of the city.

Assisting the mayor during the distribution were Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Mike Alavar, Rudy Lim, Rogelio Valesco Jr., Percival Ramos, Nonong Guingona and VP Elago.
Amid the scorching sun, the beneficiaries queued to receive from the mayor their gift packs consisting of rice, sotanghon/bihon with apples each. From among the crowd of over 3,000 beneficiaries, no one left empty handed.

To ensure security and order, policemen and traffic aides as well as forces from the military’s Task Force Zamboanga were deployed to control the crowd as well as manage vehicular traffic.

“It is Christmas time and so it is time for giving”, the mayor declared as he personally led in the distribution of the goods.

The relief goods distributed to the families were part of the donation by the Zamboanga Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry turned over to Mayor Lobregat Thursday morning.

On Sunday afternoon, the mayor also distributed foodstuff, relief goods and appeals to almost 500 wards at the Home for the Elderly and children housed at various orphanage centers in the city to also spread the Christmas joys. The distribution of the gifts was facilitated by Barredo’s office.

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 last December 18.— Sheila Covarrubias