It’s not just Makati City residents who are getting bags of Christmas goodies. Families living in Pasig City are also receiving Noche Buena foods this season under the Pamaskong Handog program!
In November 2019, Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig City launched Pamaskong Handog and conducted a house-to-house distribution of the Christmas gift bags to all the families living in the city, Rapplerreports. The distribution of the gift bags will take place over 12 weeks.
The local government used around P260 million to produce 400,000 gift bags (twice the 180,000 bags produced last year) containing food products that families can use to cook their Christmas meals, like rice, pasta noodles, corned beef, Vienna sausage, and fruit cocktail. According to Mayor Sotto, each bag costs around P600.
“Maraming savings ang lokal na pamahalaan ngayon,” the mayor told reporters. “Una, kasi naglilinis kami ng gobyerno. Sinisiguro namin, walang overpricing, tama ang presyo nung binibili namin, kaya maraming savings.
“So itong savings na ‘to, kanino ba dapat mapunta? Isauli na lang natin sa tao sa pamamagitan ng Pamaskong Handog.”
Inquirer.net also reports that in a statement, Mayor Sotto said, “Pinapaabot ng inyong lokal na pamahalaan ang diwa ng pagbibigayan sa isang simpleng handog na makadagdag sa inyong pagdiriwang ng Pasko.”
The mayor revealed that over 2,000 city government staff and volunteers are helping out in delivering the gift bags to the residents.
Aside from families, other beneficiaries of the Pamaskong Handog program include 7,125 undernourished children from Kinder to Grade 6, 6,095 daycare students, and 4,905 supervised neighborhood children.
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The gift bag distribution also doubles as a way to collect data for the local government to use in policymaking.
“We will have a comprehensive survey in the entire Pasig City area to determine the services that the people need, especially the services related to healthcare,” Mayor Sotto said, according toInquirer.net.