IT is truly unfortunate that not everyone is excited and jubilant when Christmas comes in this manpower-exporting but graft-prone Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people.
But it’s heartening to note that the government-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) remains committed to spread love to less privileged Filipinos.
PAGCOR’s annual 13-day gift-giving activity in various parts of the country, which will run from December 6 to 21, is no small thing considering the increasing number of poor people.
“This Pamaskong Handog project is a worthwhile undertaking. Not everyone is jubilant when Christmas comes due to different reasons and circumstances,” said PAGCOR Chair Andrea Domingo.
Domingo, a former chair of the Bureau of Immigration, said: “In our humble way, we will try to reach out to those who need our help the most.”
With an allocation of P22.4 million, this year’s Christmas gift-giving project will benefit 13,000 individuals, including the handicapped, elderly, abandoned and orphaned children, soldiers and daycare teachers.
The beneficiaries will be coming from 41 charitable institutions and non-government organizations that look after the neglected sectors of Philippine society.
It will kick-off on December 6 at Parañaque National High School. Some 300 special education (SPED) and working high school students will be treated to an exciting program complete with meals and entertainment.
Likewise, PAGCOR is expected to donate P2 million each to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office, the Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission, Inc. and the National Children’s Hospital.
The state-owned gaming corporation deserves the support of the public for sharing its blessings to the less privileged.
Indeed, there’s a critical need for paying attention to members of the country’s special sectors.