Cebu City gov’t to distribute toiletries to schools, hospitals
The Cebu City government, in partnership with the hoteliers in the metropolis, will distribute toiletries and other items to public schools and hospitals, penitentiaries, and social service centers Monday.
The initiative dubbed as Project HOPE, which stands for the Hotel Outreach Program for the Environment, was launched last month.
Project HOPE seeks to provide unused and used toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, tissue, towels, slippers and other items) and other items to street children, inmates, fire victims and other people in need.
It also aims to promote waste reduction and proper hygiene in the community.
"Instead of just throwing these things away, we reduce hotel's garbage output and give them to the needy. Win-win (solution)," read Mayor Tomas Osmeña's Facebook post on August 18.
Osmeña, in a press conference yesterday, said he came up with the project to also strengthen public and private partnership.
The city government has partnered, so far, with 28 hotels, pension houses and hostels.
They are Best Western Lex Hotel, Main Hotel and Suites, Golden Valley Hotel, Golden Prince Hotel, Dragon Home Inn, Cuarto Hotel, Caste Hotel, Castle Peak Hotel, Metro Park Hotel, and Summit Circle Hotel, among others.
These hotels started donating toiletries and bedding sets, among others last month.
The items include bath towels and mats, pillow cases, bed sheets, comforters, sachets of shampoo and soaps, assorted steal frame chair with cushion, plastic chair with arm rest, and lamp shades, among others.
Some of the items will be given to Bitlag Integrated School in Sudlon I and Kang-Atis Elementary School in Barangay Lusaran.
Others will be distributed to Cebu City Medical Center on September 22 and to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center on September 27.
On September 29, the city will also distribute items to Barangay Guba, Cebu City Hospital, Community Scouts and Operation Second Chance in Barangay Kalunasan.
In October, the city is scheduled to give out items to Cebu City Task Force on Street Children and Cantipta Integrated School in Barangay Tabunan. —
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