Dumaguete City hands over rice, other goods to city’s indigents-PNA News

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb.7 – The local government unit (unit) of Dumaguete City distributed through its Social Welfare Office “white gifts” to at least 5,000 of the city’s indigents during a three-day activity this week in all of its 30 barangays.

Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria led the distribution of white gifts from Monday until Wednesday (February 3 to 5,2014)to the pre-identified beneficiaries who each received three kilos of rice, canned goods, coffee and milk, among others.

City Social Welfare OIC Carola Alquero and her staff and Rescue 348 were also on hand to help the mayor during the distribution of white gifts, said Syril Repe of the Public Information Office.

The distribution of white gifts for the city’s indigents is an annual activity of the city government, normally held at the end of the year to give more meaning to the Christmas season, however, due to financial constraints, this had to be moved to early this year, the mayor explained.

According to him, the city government was running low on funds towards the end of 2013 due to disasters that hit the city as well as financial assistance provided to areas outside of Dumaguete that were also affected by disasters.

Mayor Sagarbarria said he has not forgotten to give to the indigents during the yuletide season although he stressed that each day is Christmas Day anyway.

The distribution of white gifts was held at the barangay halls of each barangay instead of the usual practice of having only one venue which as previously held at the public market auditorium.

Carola Alquero, meanwhile, disclosed that next to receive white gifts from the city are at least 3,000 members of the senior citizens’ associations in the 30 barangays in Dumaguete as well as persons-with-disabilities although the dates are still to be set.

Mayor Sagarbarria also extended his gratitude to the members of the City Council for approving his request for budget allocation for the said activities to help alleviate the lives of the city’s indigents. (with report Judy Flores-Partlow of  PNA)