City gov't distributes food packs to PWDs, senior citizens and indigents

January 13, 2015 4:44 am 

By Judaline F. Partlow

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 12 (PNA) – It may come a little bit late than normal but the city government of Dumaguete, headed by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, on Monday began distributing food packs to thousands of persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens and indigents in this capital.

The activity, dubbed Pamasko 2014, which was earlier scheduled last month, targets a total of 10,000 recipients from the 30 barangays in the city.

Mayor Sagarbarria said it is never too late to hold the annual gift-giving for these particular sectors of the community as every day is Christmas Day anyway.

The delay was caused by the three typhoons that threatened the Visayas in December, which sent the city government, especially the City Social Welfare Office, to focus on disaster preparation such as packing of food stuffs in anticipation of flooding and similar scenarios.

Also, the mayor had attributed part of the delay to the long holiday season this year, even as he assured repeatedly the city government had the money for the yearly outreach program.

On Monday, the initial recipients of the Pamasko 2014 totaled 2,423 PWDs, senior citizens and indigents in the barangays of Tinago, Calindagan, Mangnao, Banilad, Bajumpandan and Cantil-e.

A food pack consists of two kilos of rice, two cans of sardines, one fourth kilo of brown sugar, a pack of “misua” or thin, Chinese noodles, a pack of coffee and a can of beef loaf.

The distribution will continue Tuesday through Friday in all of the city’s 30 barangays.

Of the total number of recipients, 612 are PWDs, 3,758 are senior citizens and 5,630 are indigent families, said Syril Repe of the City Information Office.

Joining the mayor in the distribution of food packs were Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling, Sr. and Councilors Dan Leon, Peter Catan and Nelson Patrimonio. (PNA)

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