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Subic community continues to extend Holiday cheers to needy children
Jan 04, 2014

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - Members of the Subic Freeport community, along with business investors and civic organizations, continue to extend holiday cheers to children from indigent families in neighboring villages, as well as those hit by recent calamities.

On New Year's Day, students of the Special Education for the Gifted (SPED-G) and their parents coordinated with the San Roque Parish Church in the free port for the SPED-G Gift-Giving Project held at the parish ground.

The project provided toys and snacks to more than 300 children.

Parent and Olongapo City councilor Jong Cortez said that the activity endeavors to bring happiness to children amid hardship and calamities that they experienced last year.

"This is also an opportunity for the students of SPED-G to share the blessings that their families enjoy with less fortunate kids of their age," said Cortez.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) had also earlier spearheaded gift-giving activities through its Public Relations Department, aside from initiating a collection drive for relief goods sent to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

On December 20, the SBMA-PRD conducted a gift-giving activity that benefited 200 children in an Aeta tribal community at Sitio Timak, Morong, Bataan.

Seven days later, the SBMA-PRD conducted a similar project for 300 kids at Barangay Asinan Proper in Subic, Zambales.

Meanwhile, Grande Island Resort, one of the more popular tourist destinations in Subic Bay, and operated by GFTG Property Holdings Corporation, will be conducting a feeding and gift-giving project in one of the communities hardest-hit by Typhoon Yolanda.

Karsiha Cinco, Grande Island Resort executive assistant, said that the firm's management and staff will undertake a feeding project and distribute toys to children in Hernani, Eastern Samar on the second week of the month. The project will be done in coordination with the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish there.

Hernani, Cinco noted, was one of the hardest-hit areas, yet has not received enough assistance.

"It is part of our corporate social responsibility," Cinco said about the project, adding that Grande Island Resort is still accepting donations in any form to be added to toys and other children's items collected to aid in the relief and recovery of children-victims in Hernani. (30)


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