PANGASINAN, Dec. 15 — The provincial government here decided to skip this year’s celebration of the traditional Christmas Dinner and Fellowship of local government unit elected officials scheduled on December 17 and Employee’s Christmas Party on December 20 to donate the funds earmarked for the activities to the thousands of victims of super typhoon Pablo.
In a Memorandum dated December 11, Gov. Amado Espino ,Jr. asked for the understanding and support of all provincial employees and elected LGU officials for the cancellation of the annual activity to provide assistance to the victims in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and neighboring provinces.
Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, in a radio interview, said that aside from merriment, the spirit of Christmas is giving thus the province is very happy to share and donate financially to the needy Filipinos especially those hardest hit by the recent havoc.
In Dagupan City, city government employees were asked to donate used clothes and other materials that could help the victims, according to Information Officer Anna Velasco.
The city government of Urdaneta also sympathized with the victims and cancelled its Christmas Party. Instead, it donated the amount of P100,000 to typhoon Pablo victims thru ABS-CBN’s Sagip-Kapamailya drive.
San Carlos City, for its part, also pledged to support the victims with donations.
Dr. George Calugay, team leader of the Department of Health -Center for Health Development said each employee was asked to donate P300,P500 and P1,000 depending on the individual salary range. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)