AT least 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last month.

The Bags of Blessing project is a nationwide gift-giving program of the foundation where 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth P1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

For Central Visayas, 500 families from Cebu City’s Barangays Mambaling, Mabolo and Lahug were selected as the program beneficiaries.

Each grocery bag contained five kilos of rice, cooking oil, noodles, coffee, powdered milk, sugar, assorted canned goods and snack food for children.

Nalipay mi nga usa mi sa mga natagaan kay makatabang na kini sa among pangkunsomo karung semanaha (We are happy to be one of the recipients for this will help sustain our basic needs for this week),” said Justina Bequilla, who went to Mambaling Sports Complex, together with her two children, during the distribution of goods.

The activity was attended by Metrobank employees headed by Vicente Jandayan, Visayas head.

DSWD 7 staff also helped in the registration of beneficiaries.

DSWD 7 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre attended the activity and she shared her Chinese New Year message to the beneficiaries.

Police and military personnel helped secure the event, which was simultaneously held nationwide.