Lobregat fetes orphans, elderly ahead of 64th bday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 March 2012 15:44

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with some councilors made the rounds of the different orphanage centers in the city and feted close to 500 abandoned children and elderly to food and frolic yesterday morning, ahead of his 64th birthday tomorrow, March 20.

The giving of food and other supplies to orphanage centers has long been a tradition of Mayor Lobregat every time he celebrates his birthday and during Christmas season ever since he became mayor in 2004, which was also started by his mother, the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat.

First stop of the mayor’s birthday treat was the Home for the Elderly in Mampang where 43 elderly and 13 staff were given food and drink packs, apples and clothes plus a volume of rice, pampers, milk and noodle supplies.

While there, Lobregat inspected the facility’s isolation wards for elderly suffering from contagious diseases. He plans to rehabilitate the ward. The facility is a recipient of the mayor’s infrastructure program. It now has a spacious, clean and well-ventilated mess hall.

From Mampang, Lobregat and party proceeded to the Recreation and Study Center for Children in Talon-Talon where 49 abandoned children and 30 staff received the mayor’s generosity. Food, milk, pampers, rice, noodles and many other supplies were given out as well for the facility managed by the Foundation for the Development of Children.

Then, the group motored back to the city proper and headed for the Akay Kalinga Center along Varela St., fronting the Zamboanga City West Central School. The center has 40 wards mostly studying in elementary and high school through the scholarship of a religious foundation. The facility has six support staff.

Last stop of Lobregat’s birthday fete was the Social Development Center with 65 wards mostly street children, and the Women Crisis Center with 30 wards, mostly mothers who had been victims of violence. Both centers have a total of 22 support staff under the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Tagging along the mayor in his pre-birthday treat for the abandoned children, elderly and women in crisis were Councilors Mayra Paz-Valderrosa Abubakar, Lilia Nuno, Nonong Guingona, Mike Alavar and Eddie Saavedra, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barred and staff. — Vic Larato