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Painting hope, spreading joy among kids

GIFT-GIVING. Student-beneficiaries of FDC Misamis Power Corporation’s “My Little Bag of Hope 2017” in Maribojoc Elementary School, Tagolo-an, Misamis Oriental.

AROUND 180 kids in Maribojoc Elementary School (MES) in Tagolo-an town, Misamis Oriental recently experienced the true spirit of Christmas with the traditional gift giving program of FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) dubbed as “My Little Bag of Hope” (MLBH).

MLBH is an annual employee engagement program where FDC Misamis staff shares their blessings to its host communities painting hope and spreading joy among barrio kids.
Now on its third year, the program aims to spread a message of hope to children through the encouragement and sense of “malasakit” of FDC Misamis employee-volunteers with each specially prepared bag of kiddie treats and school supplies.

Along with the 23 employee-volunteers who played Santa Claus was Engr. Luis Lagarnia, Jr., FDC Misamis’ plant manager.

“One great experience. It is truly joyful seeing happy faces of innocent children,” expressed Lagarnia.

“Their smiles enlivened our spirit and inspired us to continue serving Mindanao by empowering more communities,” added Lagarnia.

“We’re grateful to FDC Misamis for celebrating Christmas with us,” responded Mrs. Olive Lulu, the school’s teacher-in-charge.

Mrs. Lulu stressed: “This is the first time, since MES was established 70 years ago, that a program like this happened.

The annual conduct of MLBH is one of the power firm’s consistent demonstration of its commitment to give back to its host-communities. Furthermore, it is the company’s way to provide volunteer opportunities to its employees during the holiday season.

“We at FDC Misamis have a strong culture of corporate social responsibility. Our employees are passionate about giving to those in need thus we treasure opportunities like this. We chose the students of MES as our beneficiaries for we want to cultivate the spirit of giving in children in the hope that they too will emulate our actions in the future,” said Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, the firm’s executive vice-president and head.

The day was filled with laughter as the volunteers cheered, danced and joined the kids in playing various parlor games.