Quantcast
Latest Stories

Metro street sweepers treated to grand Christmas party


MANILA, Philippines– In 10 years that she has been working as a metro aide, 62-year-old Nidya Onoya has never experienced a fun-filled Christmas celebration with fellow workers.

But on Friday, she joined the more than a thousand metro aides, who held their first-ever grand Christmas party at the parking area of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Guadalupe, Makati City.

Thanks to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) that chose them to be the beneficiaries of its 15th day of gift-giving dubbed as  ”Bayanihan: Pamaskong Handog ng Pagcor 2012.”

Pagcor distributed noche buena gift packs to 700 metro aides while MMDA took care of the Christmas gift packs for an additional 500 street sweepers.

The metro aides came from Marikina, Antipolo, Pateros, Pasay, Quezon City and Manila.

The state-owned gaming firm allocated more than P800,000 for the MMDA gift-giving party.

Prior to this, Pagcor also gave a grand Christmas celebration to 1,955 street sweepers from the cities of Pasay, Paranaque and Manila on December 10, 2012. The event was attended by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

“Labis po akong natutuwa sa party at mga regalong ibinigay sa amin ng Pagcor (I’m so happy for the party and the gifts we received from Pagcor),” Onoya said.

“Sampung taon na akong metro aide. Ngayon lang po kami ng karanas ng ganito kasayang pagtitipon kaya’t taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa Pagcor (I’ve been working as metro aide for 10 years. This is the first time we had a joyous gathering and we are thanking Pagcor for this),” she said.

Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr. said the Christmas party for the street sweepers was the agency’s way of expressing its gratitude to this hard working sector.

“Malapit sa puso ng Pagcor ang ating mga masipag at marangal na mga street sweepers.  Sa pamamagitan ng aming gift-giving project ay hindi lamang po namin sila binibigyan ng maagang Pamasko (Honest and hardworking metro aides have been close to our hearts. With this gift-giving project we’re not only giving them early Christmas presents),” Naguiat said in a statement.

“Sila din po ay aming pinaparangalan at pinasasalamatan sa kanilang malaking tulong upang patuloy na linisin at pagandahin ang ating mga komunidad at ang ating kapaligiran (We’re also honoring them and conveying our thanks for their for their big role in making our community and environment clean and beautiful),” he added.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the Pamaskong Handog event carried out by Pagcor  for the metro aides served as a fitting Christmas treat for the people whom he described as “heroes of the streets.”

“It’s but proper that we give them a truly merry celebration this Yuletide season given the efforts that they exert every day to maintain the cleanliness of our streets,” said Tolentino.

“We’re very thankful that Pagcor under the leadership of Chairman Bong Naguiat helped us give a truly memorable and fun-filled event for our metro aides…,” he added.

Naguiat said their employees are actively taking part in all the ongoing “Pamaskong Handog” activities nationwide.

In some institutions, he said, Pagcor workers and employees also joined hands in the renovation of existing facilities or construction of new structures for our beneficiaries.”

“Among those that we have so far turned over are the 300 square meter ‘healing garden’ for the patients of the Philippine Orthopedic Center which aims to aid the patients in their speedy recovery,” said Naguiat.

“Pagcor also renovated the hematology ward area at the National Children’s Hospital where children with life-threatening conditions like cancer are undergoing treatment.”

Pagcor’s annual nationwide “Pamaskong Handog” project was launched in December 2010 under the agency’s new management.

But the agency considered this year as its “biggest gift-giving ever” with a total of P27.5 million allocation.

Pagcor said close to 10,000 less fortunate Filipinos under the care of 42 government and charitable institutions all over the country have already been chosen as beneficiaries of the project since they started on November 29, 2012.

This year’s “Pamaskong Handog” project will end on December 20, 2012.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: metro aide , Metro Manila Development Authority , Nation , News , Paskong pinoy , Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’–report
  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Sports

  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement