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TURNOVER CEREMONY. Outgoing regional director Ma. Gloria A. Tango (2nd from right) and assistant regional director Joel M. Gonzales (rightmost) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 handed the ISO certification to incoming regional director Chona M. Mantilla and assistant regional director Yahya “Yang” A. Centi on January 30, 2012 during the turnover of command of DOLE 12. Mantilla assumes as regional director on February 1. (DED/RTLacibal/PIA12)

PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thousands of Cotabato children benefit from “Handog Tsinelas”

by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -– Thousands of children from the different municipalities of Cotabato province received pairs of slippers from the “Handog Tsinelas” program of Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza.

On Wednesday, more than two thousand elementary pupils in Poblacion, Carmen accepted their late Christmas presents through brand new pairs of colorful slippers.

“Handog Tsinelas” has given away a total of 2,191 pairs of slippers to 798 pupils from Northwest Elementary School (NES) and 1,393 pupils from Carmen Central Elementary School (CCES), according to a report from the provincial government of Cotabato.

The program is a late Christmas gift-giving from the provincial government with a purpose of not only handing out foot wears to children, but to cheer and give joy to the residents as well.

In the municipality of Antipas, 261 slippers were given away to children of Barangay Canaan while 258 senior citizens and other barangay residents were given goods such as rice and medicines.

Late last month, the governor personally handed presents to more than 500 children in Barangay Sibsib in Tulunan Municipality. Each child was able to bring home a gift pack and a pair of slippers as a Christmas gift.

In barangay New Panay, Pigcawayan, more than 300 kids also received wrapped gifts and slippers from the provincial government; while bags of rice, variety of medicines, caps and calendars were also given to adult residents including senior citizens.

Meanwhile, the governor also led the distribution of gifts and handed rice, medicines, slippers, calendars and hats to children and adults in Libo-o, Mlang

More than 300 children ages 3-12 years old, and an estimated 75% of residents who were in attendance were entertained by the exciting activities lined-up by the provincial government.

“This is just part of our commitment in pursuing a sound program for children where every child is treated equal,” the Local Government of Cotabato province quoted the governor as saying

Thousands more slippers, donated by the provincial government and partners from the private sector, are expected to be given away to children in the next visit of the governor to other barangays in the province. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan with reports from LGU Cotabato province)

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