PPA PMO MisorCDO shares X’mas cheer to stranded passengers, fire victims

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By MIKE BAÑOS
December 27, 2019

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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.

In continuing promotion of the PPA’s Serbisyo at MalasakitMalasakit pouches containing foldable pans, hand towels, and other necessary toiletries were distributed to the senior citizens.

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.

As of 11:00 AM on 25 December, the suspension of trips to Bohol, Cebu, and other areas in Visayas was lifted.

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 PantalanPPA Employees’ UnionSunrise 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.

Following the fire last August which occurred as the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) was being inaugurated, the PMO immediately responded to the needs of the affected families by preparing and distributing breakfast meals, and consolidating in-kind donations for the displaced families.

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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