Some 280 passengers stranded at the Cagayan de Oro Port in Barangay Macabalan due to inclement weather brought about by Typhoon “Ursula” (International name: Phanfone) were fortunate they have a sympathetic port management office quick to react to their plight.
Instead of proceeding to their intended destinations in Cebu and Bohol, the affected passengers had to spend Christmas Eve at the Cagayan de Oro Port due to Coast Guard travel advisories restricting travel due to the typhoon.
However, they did not miss the traditional Noche Buena when the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PMO MO/C) quickly organized an instant Fellowship on Christmas Eve activity for them.
Besides providing free meals to the stranded passengers starting with lunch on 24 December, the PMO, with the assistance of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (COCPO) Precinct 5 and other generous donors, prepared a “Noche Buena” for all. A short program was also instantly organized, which included games, and dance numbers from youngsters among the passengers themselves.
Children also received loot bags full of candies and other goodies. The distribution of the pouches and loot bags was led by Port Manager Isidro V. Butaslac Jr. himself, along with Port Police Superintendent Bernardo A. Gartalia, and PNP Precinct 5 officials.
Breakfast meals are also served on the following morning of Christmas Day.
Earlier, the PMO also distributed to some forty (40) families who were victims of the fire last August 2019 in partnership with the local chapter of the Pambansang Tinig at Lakas sa Pantalan, PPA Employees’ Union; Sunrise Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro (Mother Club) on 21 December 2019.
Although some of the families already re-built their homes in the same area, most were still living under makeshift tents along the road proximate to the PMO’s Gate 5.
Each household received a container loaded with rice and other goods, while their children received toys and separate treats of candies.
Since it was early in the morning, the PMO personnel and members of the Rotary Club provided meals to all individuals including the little children.
After the gift-giving and feeding, the PMO personnel extended their time to bond with the children who in return, showcased their talents in dancing and cheering. They also enthusiastically participated in various games organized by the PMO.
The PPA Employee’s Union, Pambansang Lakas at Tinig ng Pantalan (PANTALAN) Misamis Oriental /Cagayan de Oro Chapter, also distributed early Christmas gifts to the affected families during PANTALAN’s 32nd anniversary last September. — (with IMR Lam)
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