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Thursday, December 24, 2009

SBMA treats poor folk, Aeta kids

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Some 500 residents from poor families in Olongapo City received early Christmas treat during the “Pamaskong Handog” project launched recently by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Initiated by the offices of the chairman and the administrator, “Pamaskong Handog” aims to bring smiles and the spirit of Christmas to less fortunate residents, especially children, in the city.

“This is only a simple way of returning part of the blessings that the SBMA and the Freeport community have received this year,” said SBMA administrator Armand Arreza.

At the remote Aeta community of Mampweng in Bgy. New Cabalan, Olongapo City, 61 students from the local grade school were among those who enjoyed a Christmas party sponsored by the SBMA this year.

“Masaya po ang party namin, kasi po lahat kami ay nagsaya, nabusog at may regalo pang naiuwi,” said Paulo Jugatan, a Grade 1 pupil.

The SBMA Christmas outreach project also benefited more than 400 children and adults who received their Christmas gifts at the San Roque Chapel in Subic’s central business district.

The distribution of gifts was led by Mrs. Pat Arreza, wife of the SBMA administrator, and Rose Baldeo, head of the Global Terminals and Development Inc., a Subic investor.

Rev. Joven Descartin, tribal pastor of the Word of Hope Assembly of God church, who helped organized the Christmas outreach project, said the activity exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas -- that of giving life and hope to others.

“As we celebrate the joy of Christmas, let us then remember our less fortunate brothers and sisters, and share our love with them through giving gifts,” Descartin said. Ruben A. Veloria - Journal Online

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