Pasay tones down 150th anniversary activities to save funds for Yolanda relief

November 29, 2013 12:17 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 29 — To show solidarity with the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, the city government of Pasay announced on Friday that it is toning or scaling down some events and cancelling some activities to mark the city’s 150th Foundation Anniversary and instead use the funds to be saved for relief efforts particularly for those staying at the Pasay-run “tent city” in Villamor Air Base Elementary School.

In a memorandum, Pasay City Mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto directed all concerned offices to “scale down or tone down all activities and cancel some of the activities of the 150th Foundation Anniversary” on December 2 and enjoined “all officials and employees to extend a helping hand to the survivors of Yolanda.”

Calixto said that Pasay’s 150th anniversary, a significant milestone in the city’s history, will be celebrated in a simple yet meaningful way in order for the city to donate the amount to be saved to typhoon-ravaged areas.

“We know that we can only celebrate this once every 150 years but we have to consider those severely affected by the typhoon. We should help our brothers in any way we can to bring back hope and rebuild their lives,” Calixto said in a statement.

The City Government and various donors have been providing those at the tent city with regular meals, water, clothes, electric fans, free phone calls, children’s coloring books, even television sets with cable connection.

Pasay City spokesman Jonathan Malaya said that at present some 62 individuals are currently being accommodated at the tent city.

Of these number, 36 are adults while the rest are children. The rest have been transported to their relatives living in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.

Malaya said that Pasay’s tent city can accommodate a maximum of 80-100 families. The temporary homes have 48 open tents, each housing three beds and with portable toilets set up at the school gate.

He added that following the Mayor’s directive, all activities are scaled while the Grand Parade of Lights, Barangay Christmas Decoration Contest, and the Dance Drama Presentation of the History of Pasay were cancelled.

He said that the City Government is also organizing a Santa Run for Yolanda Orphans on December 14 at the Cuneta Astrodome grounds. The event aims to raise donations for relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Visayas. (PNA)



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