Za­p­a­t­era school chil­dren en­joy Pasko sa Kabataan

The Freeman - - COMMUNITY -

Last De­cem­ber 9, VECO cel­e­brated its an­nual Pasko sa Kabataan at the Za­p­a­t­era El­e­men­tary School in Cebu City.

Over 80 VECO Kaibi­gans vol­un­teered to be Ates and Kuyas to around 100 school chil­dren dur­ing the power util­ity’s Christ­mas outreach pro­gram. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries, aged 8 and be­low, were treated to a fun-filled day that en­ter­tained both the kids and the kids at heart. Game booths and food carts with cot­ton candy, french fries, pop­corn, hot­dog and ice cream kept the vol­un­teers and ben­e­fi­cia­ries busy.

For the par­tic­i­pants to feel the Yule­tide spirit, VECO Kaibi­gans, to­gether with their as­signed kids, com­peted in a car­ol­ing con­test. A ma­gi­cian and the mas­cots also made the party more ex­cit­ing. Af­ter a sump­tu­ous lunch, the kids were given a Christ­mas gift and a new pair of slip­pers.

Since 2010, VECO has been cel­e­brat­ing its an­nual Pasko sa Kabataan as a way of giv­ing back to the less for­tu­nate chil­dren of its host com­mu­ni­ties.

Mean­while, last De­cem­ber 15, the VECO Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety, Se­cu­rity, Health and En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment (OSSHED) team shared their bless­ings to the chil­dren at the Pu­lang­bato Day­care Cen­ter in Barangay Pu­lang­bato, a moun­tain barangay in Cebu City.

Af­ter win­ning a P50,000 CSR ac­tiv­ity pack­age from the Rep­u­ta­tion En­hance­ment Depart­ment for a sus­tain­abil­ity con­test, the OSSHED team, headed by Engr. Benje Retuer­tas, de­cided to spend their win­nings and their time with the 48 chil­dren of the Pu­lang­bato Day­care Cen­ter, who are un­der the care of teacher-in-charge An­gelita Da­maulao.

The chil­dren were all smiles as they re­ceived school ma­te­ri­als, ed­u­ca­tional toys and spe­cial gifts from the team.Asim­ple salo-salo capped the ac­tiv­ity to make sure that the chil­dren go home “bu­sog at masaya.”

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