Friday, December 20, 2013

Salceda asks for compassion for children on Christmas day
By Rey M. Nasol

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 20 (PNA)-- Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda urged various agencies to emulate what Albay is doing to its poor people, especially the children, in expression of compassion.

Salceda suggested that the Department of Social Welfare and Development should start repacking Noche Buena packages for 1.1 million displaced families.

“Five days to go and we have yet to see such initiative being played up,” he observed

In the spirit of giving, a sizeable allocation should be seen as an investment in national solidarity so that no one is left behind the seven-percent gross domestic product growth.

“Morever, local government units are now fully normalized as machinery for delivery of government services and thus, it should not be as messy as before,” the Albay governor added.

Salceda recalled that after "Reming," Albay, on its own initiative and funding, was able to procure and deliver for all affected relief packages with each containing five apples, one loaf of bread, two cans of sardines, five packs of instant noodles and one meat loaf.

"It's a grievous fault to deprive children, already suffering from from displacement, of even the most simple of celebration of Child Jesus' birth," he said, adding “We encourage non-government organizations, local and international, development partners, civil society groups and people's organizations to display the same zeal of giving in this most important day for children.”

According to him, Christmas, being the birth of the Redeemer, should be a day to recommit the nation to redeeming "Yolanda" communities from the claws of poverty arising from unfulfilled rehabilitation. (PNA) FGS/RMN/CBD/