• Binay plays Santa to school children

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    Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay of Makati on Tuesday led the distribution of Christmas goodies at the Fort Bonifacio Elementary School, delighting some 3,200 students.

    Each Pamasko bag contains energy-packed foods and drinks that children love.

    “We have made sure that all the contents of our Christmas gift bags are child-friendly. In fact, the Center for Health Development of the Department of Health has given its approval on the project, lauding us for its nutritional impact on our schoolchildren,” Binay said.

    The Christmas gift-giving project for Makati’s schoolchildren is being implemented by the city government for the first time this year. It covers over 97,000 students from preschool to high school, including over 7,000 K-to-12 students currently enrolled in Grades 11 and 12 at the Senior High School of UMak (University of Makati).

    Inside each bag are raisins, oatmeal, cheese, choco chips, powdered choco milk, arroz caldo, champorado, tonic food drink, crackers and cookies, cereals, and bread sticks, among others.

    Makati residents, including senior citizens, will also receive a Pamasko bag containing T-shirts and canned goods. The distribution of the Christmas bags started on December 2.

    Through its effective nutrition program, Makati has continued to lower its malnutrition prevalence rate, which has been reduced further from 0.90 in 2012 to 0.73 this year.

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