Who says Christmas is for the well-to-do? Not in Quezon City.
The Payatas Operations Group (POG), the Quezon City government arm that manages the closed Payatas Dumpsite, will be having its employees - scavenger’s night to observe the spirit of thanksgiving and love during Christmas.
It is the season of hope to many of our brethren whose dream of living in prosperity is shuttered by a hand-to-mouth existence, raking what to others are wastes in order to live, said POG Chief Col. Jameel Jaymalin.
Jaymalin is optimistic that the city governments’ efforts of thinning the gap between the marginalized and the privileged in Quezon City through a Christmas activity for the benefit of the poor will somehow lessen the feeling of hopelessness among those who seldom experience having three meals a day.
Aside from the employees-scavengers’ night, the usual gift giving that will benefit more than 3,000 indigent families living at the landfill facility will also be observed.
Recently, the POG had undertaken the customary lighting of the Christmas decorations in the Payatas Integrated Waste Disposal Facility.
A traditional Simbang Gabi where free breakfast, sponsored by Independent Private Movers - Environmental Services, Inc. (IPM-ESI) and Payatas Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Inc. (PPAFI), also awaits the churchgoers in the area after the mass scheduled on December 22, 2011. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO