Cebu City gov’t to dis­trib­ute toi­letries to schools, hos­pi­tals

The Freeman - - NEWS -

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. —

Odessa O. Leyson/KBQ

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