Guv plays Santa to marginalized families

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

PORAC -- Governor Lilia Pineda played Santa Claus to some 30,000 marginalized families, including Aeta households in this town, Floridablanca and Mabalacat City a day before Christmas.

In Barangay Planas, the governor was accompanied by Mayor Carling De La Cruz, Vice Mayor Dexter David, Councilors Mark Valencia and Rey Lapid, Pampanga Police Provincial Director Oscar Albayalde, and Miss Pampanga 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ashley Nicole Singh of Porac in the 5 a.m. distribution of goods, including sandals and hotdogs at the Aeta village here.

"Instead of relaxing at home or going on a vacation, Governor Pineda decided to ensure that Aetas and our less fortunate kabalens will have something to share for Noche Buena," noted the governor's chief-of-staff Fritzie David-Dizon.

"We will have something to share over our tables on Christmas but how about them? At least, now I can eat knowing they have something to eat as well when they celebrate the birth of Christ. I hope many others will take notice of the Aetas and decide to help them," Pineda said.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elizabeth Baybayan said at least 4,000 Aeta families in the second district towns and Mabalacat City were given food items and an assortment of goods.

She said that others who received gifts from the "Santa Governor" were residents in Northville resettlements, from coastal villages of Pampanga, patients in drug rehabilitation centers and inmates at the provincial jail.

Vice Mayor David expressed admiration for Pineda, saying, "I haven't seen a governor working this hard and she starts her work even before the sun is up. Her dedication and passion to serve move us public officials in Porac led by Mayor Carling to work extra hard for the benefit of our constituents."

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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