Celso fetes elderly, orphans as advance birthday treat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:19

As a tradition during his birthday and other special occasions, Mayor Celso Lobregat made the rounds of the Home for the elderly and orphanage centers and treated the wards yesterday, a day before his natal day.

First stop of his pre-birthday bash was the Home for Elderly in Talon-Talon where Mayor Lobregat personally distributed burger, spaghetti and juice packs to elderly men and women. He also gave them toiletries and other stuff.

Lobregat then proceeded to the Reception and Study Center for Children which is jointly operated by the Foundation for the Development of Children, Inc and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office. Abandoned and neglected infants and children were given meals, apples, toys and toiletries.
From the RSCC, the mayor and party composed of Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilors Eddie Saavedra, Myra Paz Abubakar and Nonong Guingona and Kit Barredo and BG Guingona proceeded to the Akay Kalinga Center in Calixto along Varela Street and later to the city-run Social Development Center and Women’s Crisis Center in Sta. Barbara to distribute foodstuff and other items.

The presence of a popular mascot further enlivened the mayor’s pre-birthday treat in the orphanage centers.
The visit to the centers is a tradition of the mayor during special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. The practice was initiated by late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, the mayor’s mother.

Facilitating the visits to the centers were City Social Welfare and Development Office personnel led by OIC Evelyn Las Marias. 
Today, the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga chapter under Vic Liozo Jr. in cooperation with the city government organizes a bloodletting activity at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar in celebration of the mayor’s birthday.

The chief executive is turning a year older today, March 20, a day after the feast day of St. Joseph the worker. He will start his day with an early morning mass and later treat friends and supporters at lunchtime. — Sheila Covarrubias