Veering away from their usual roles as capacity builders and local infrastructure development implementers, the personnel at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 recently took time to extend their helping hands to the elderly people of Hospicio de San Jose in Barangay Guibuangan, Barili.
DILG-7 Regional Director Leocadio Trovela said the DILG personnel handed over gift items and assistive devices like commode chairs, crutches, canes and wheelchairs to beneficiaries.
Said aid was sourced from the generosity of all the regional and field offices’ employees through the "Tree of Hope" project initiated by the 52nd batch of Local Government Operations Officer trainees.
Through this project, all DILG-7 employees contributed funds to light up a tree located at the backyard of the regional office. The employees then agreed to pour a chunk of the proceeds to charity institutions.
Trovela thanked all the people behind the project and assured that the office will continue sharing its blessings with those in need.
Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director Loisella Lucino expressed her gratitude to the elderly for being an inspiration to the people around them.
“This activity shows that many people love and care for you,” Lucino said in Cebuano.
With smile and liveliness, the beneficiaries performed Cebuano songs as a way of thanking the DILG family.
City directors and division chiefs also joined the activity.
Don Pedro and his sister Dona Benigna Cui established Hospicio de San Jose as a home for aged people who have no family to take care of them. The facility was chartered by the national government through Legislative Act 3239, which was passed into law in 1925. The facility was formally inaugurated on March 19, 1927.