Veco spreads Christ­mas cheer to Naga kids

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY -

More than a hun­dred em­ploy­ees of the Visayan Elec­tric Com­pany (Veco) trooped to Naga City, south­ern Cebu for the ninth Pasko sa Ka­bataan last De­cem­ber 8.

The an­nual event aims to spread the Christ­mas spirit to chil­dren.

A to­tal of 108 kids from the dif­fer­ent barangays in the city en­joyed the early Christ­mas treat from the Veco Kaibi­gans (em­ploy­ees).

The chil­dren are tem­po­rar­ily tak­ing shel­ter at the Naga Cen­tral School after the ar­eas where they lived were de­clared geo­haz­ards fol­low­ing the land­slide last Septem­ber.

“Veco chose to hold its PaskosaKa­bataan­thisyear here in the City of Naga be­cause we want to bring hap­pi­ness to all the kids who have been dis­placed be­cause of the land­slide. The re­lief op­er­a­tions we con­ducted last Septem­ber in­spired us to come back and do more,” Quen­nie Bronce,head of Veco’sRep­u­ta­tion En­hance­ment De­part­ment said.

The chil­dren were treated to the dif­fer­ent games, face paint­ing and food sta­tions that served ice cream, cot­ton candy, pop­corn and french fries. The party got even more ex­cit­ing with the pres­ence of a ma­gi­cian, clowns and a dance per- for­mance from Jol­libee.

The kids also re­ceived Christ­mas gifts such as new slip­pers and back­packs filled with school sup­plies from Veco.

Irene Desquitado, a Veco Kaibi­gan who has never missed join­ing the Pasko sa Ka­bataan, said Christ­mas be­comes more ful­fill­ing when you make some­one happy. “At least, in our own lit­tle way and through shar­ing a lit­tle of our time, we made th­ese kids happy,” she said.

“What­made­thisyeardif­fer­ent is that th­ese kids wit­nessed a trau­matic event. To some, this must be their first time to cel­e­brate Christ­mas in an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter,” she added.

A Veco Kaibi­gan pre­pares the food for one of the par­tic­i­pants of the Pasko sa Ka­bataan in Naga City last De­cem­ber 8. CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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