Quezon City and Makati officials agree to cancel Christmas parties, will donate money to Yolanda victims instead
Toning down the festivities was a wise decision.
Rio Araja of Manila Standard Today reports that the local governments of Quezon City and Makati City have decided to cancel their holiday parties and giving of gifts to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
According to the report, "Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. said all Christmas celebrations in city government offices are cancelled and employees are asked to donate to on-going relief operations." Quezon City councilor Jose Mario de Leon, meanwhile, proposed to give up the distribution of the traditional bags filled with Christmas goods.
Although de Leon's proposal still has to be deliberated on, the Quezon City council recently approved a resolution authorizing mayor Herbert Bautista "to extend a P50-million financial assistance to the victims of the super typhoon in 44 provinces in Regions 4-A, 4-B,5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and Caraga."
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