JENNIFER C. TILOS
DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA)–Dumaguete City has distributed white gifts to some 5,000 less privileged residents from February 3 to 5 in its 30 barangays.
City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria led the three-day distribution of gift packs which include three kilos of rice, canned goods, coffee and milk assisted by city social welfare officer Carola Alquero and members of RESCUE 348 team.
Mayor Sagarbarria explained that the activity is supposed to be held every Christmas but due to super typhoon Yolanda that also hit these areas, the giving of white gifts during Christmas continues because to the mayor every day is Christmas, Sarbarria added.
Traditionally, the distribution of gifts to poor residents was held at Building 2, City Public Market in the previous administration, but for now the mayor personally handed over the gifts to the 30 barangays.
Sagarbarria said to make it accessible for the recipients and orderly distribution, the gifts were delivered at their respective barangays.
Meanwhile, according to CSW officer Alquero not less than 3,000 members of Senior Citizens will be the next group to receive gifts followed by persons with disabilities (PWDs).
The mayor expressed his gratitude to the city council headed by Vice-Mayor Woodrow Maquiling for the approval of the budget for the annual giving of gifts even after the Christmas season. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)