Gov leads Christmas gift-giving caravan

  • He says: May the true meaning of Christmas fill our hearts

To bring a brighter celebration to Ilocano families this Yuletide season, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc led a four-day Christmas caravan of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte for province-wide gift-giving activities.

The caravan which started last December 10 headed first to the northernmost part of the Municipality of Pagudpud.

At least 60 families who were affected by recent severe flooding and landslide received relief packs, grocery items, and medicines. Also included in the first leg were the Municipalities of Bangui, Burgos, Pasuquin, and Bacarra.

The second day of the caravan went to the towns of Nueva Era, Banna, Marcos, Solsona, Dingras, Sarrat;and Pinili, Currimao, Paoay, San Nicolas, and Batac City on the third day; and winding up in Laoag City on Friday, Dec. 13.

Among the recipients of medicines, school supplies, snacks, Noche Buena packs, grocery packs were the Millennium Development Goal family-beneficiaries, school children, and Barangay Health Workers. Moreover, December-born senior citizens were also given birthday cakes.

“There is no better time than Christmas for friends and families to come together. May the true meaning of the (Christmas) season fill our hearts and may we appreciate our loved ones and share our blessings with them,” Governor Marcos Manotoc remarked.

He also thanked the PGIN’s frontline departments for making the caravan possible such as the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Sustainable Development Center, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Communications and Media Office, Provincial Engineering Office, Provincial Education Office, and Office of the Barangay Affairs.

“Sana po ay makatulong sa inyo ito nang kaunti at kumbaga, pampadulas ng Pasko,” Governor Manotoc quipped.

“Mula sa Provincial Government, kay dating Senator Bongbong, at Senator Imee Marcos, Merry Christmas, naragsak a Paskua,” he ended.—(Edison Justin B. Deus, PGIN-CMO)