It was an early Christmas for Valenzuelano senior citizens after Mayor Rex Gatchalian, brother Rep. Wes Gatchalian and key city officials held the ‘Pasko sa Hulyo Para Kay Lolo at Lola.’ A total of 50,830 elderlies from Brgys. Arkong Bato, Balangkas, Bisig, Coloong, Isla, Mabolo, Malinta, Palasan, Pariancillo Villa, Poblacion, Polo, Tagalag and Wawang Pulo had each received 10 kilos of rice.
In 2014, Valenzuela was hailed an Age-Friendly City by the non-government organization Coalition of Services of the Elderly for “building age-friendly communities.” The Gatchalian administration has never stopped from doing things that make its constituents contented and happy, that’s great!
Bags for Change in QC
As the first joint activity between Davao City and Quezon City following the signing of a renewed sister-city agreement, DC Mayor Sara Duterte and QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte gave ‘bags for change’ to 1,000 moms and kids from Quezon City as part of their campaign to promote responsible education and family planning.
The “PagbaBAGo Program” was Mayor Duterte’s own way of initiating the renewed partnership between the two cities after signing the sister-city Memorandum of Agreement with QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and Belmonte. “In our pursuit of progress and development, this partnership opens a lot of opportunities to learn from each other and to collaborate on initiatives that can help uplift the lives of our constituents,” Mayor Duterte shared.
Mayor Sara then shared that one area where Davao and QC can work on together is poverty reduction. “Aside from doing our poverty reduction projects, gumawa kami ng PagbaBAGo campaign. We go back to the communities to campaign to parents, mothers and students kung ano yung personal na responsibilities to contribute to their families and to their communities. This is what we are bringing today.”
With 1,000 kids and mothers in attendance, Mayor Duterte and VM Belmonte personally distributed the ‘bags for change.’ They also joined forces to launch the “Tapang at Malasakit” volunteers’ movement at Trinity University of Asia also in QC.
Mayor Oca’s SONA
Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan on his 5th State of the City Address presented the accomplishments of his administration in the past five years, including the provision of different services to the people and major infrastructure projects like the Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan Commercial Complex, Drug Rehabilitation Center and the New Caloocan City Hall.
He also revealed incoming projects like the People’s Park, Caloocan Convention Center, new mall to be constructed in place of the old City Hall and more malls to be built around the city as he vowed to continue reaching out to the local folk in giving social assistance.
Meanwhile, he encouraged the private sector to keep his legacy in building a city with citizens who are decent, diligent, and dignified.
-GOOD RIDDANCE NI ARLIE CALALO