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Mayor Honey, VM Yul done with gift-giving to 695k families in Manila, will now begin with 179k senior citizens

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Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto led the distribution of Christmas food boxes to all families residing in Manila from December 1 to12. Also with them in photo are (from Servo's right) Congressman Joel Chua and Councilors Fa Fugoso and Terrence Alibarbar, all of the third district of Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Manila city government has finished the distribution of Christmas gift boxes to all families in the city and will now start giving away Christmas boxes for its senior citizens as part of its celebration dubbed, ‘Paskong Manileno 2022’.

This was announced yesterday by Mayor Honey Lacuna, who said that yesterday, December 12, was the last day of the distribution of Christmas food boxes that she and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto personally led.

The families in Manila numbering 695,000 in all began receiving one food box each on December 1.

Apart from the food boxes meant for all families in Manila, special gift packs have also been prepared for the city’s senior citizens numbering 160,000 in all.

Lacuna ensured that all families, whether rich, middle-income or poor, was able to receive a food box whose contents, she said, will ensure that no family in Manila will sleep on an empty stomach and instead, they will be able to eat together in keeping with the holiday tradition.

The mayor’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante said that each of the Christmas food boxes contains rice, corned beef, spaghetti noodles and sauce, cheese, milk and fruit cocktail.

Lacuna said yesterday, December 11, marked the last day of the city government’s Christmas gift-giving in the 896 barangays in Manila.

“Pero hindi pa po duon nagtatapos ang lahat. Sa December 14 and 15 ay susunod naman ang pamimigay natin ng regalo sa may 179,000 nating senior citizens,” she said. Each box contains cookies, a tumbler and coffee.

Lacuna added: “Kaya sa mga nanay at tatay, lolo at lola, abangan nyo po kami. Abangan nyo ang munting regalo ng pamahalaang-lungsod ng Maynila. Dito sa ating lungsod, lahat ay pantay-pantay…ang gusto lang po namin ay maranasan nyo ang tunay na diwa ng Pasko at tunay na kahulugan ng “happiness.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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