THE provinces of La Union, Region 1; Zambales in Region 3 and Iloilo in Region 6 have adopted Quezon City’s Camp Pag-ibig, an annual Valentine’s day camp program for children with special needs.
The day camp is led by the QC government and multi sectoral groups to ensure that special children will have the opportunity to integrate and socialize into the mainstream of society.
QC has been hosting Camp Pagibig since February 14, 1979 to spread the gift of love to children with special needs.
This year, QC Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the allocation of P450,000 to support the various programs and activities lined up by organizers for the day camp, which will be held at the Balara Filtration plant, on February 16.
In a meeting with Camp Pagibig organizers at QC Hall, Bautista reaffirmed his administration’s continuing commitment to provide children with special needs access to quality education and services.
He considered providing funds for the purchase of equipment and facilities necessary to address the educational and rehabilitative needs of these children.
The acquisition of Braille and embossed facilities, hearing aids and screen readers had been identified on top of the priority list.
House Deputy Majority Leader Jorge “Bolet” Banal, overall camp coordinator, was among those present during the meeting. Congressman Banal was joined by Councilor Gian Carlo and other members of the planning committee, including, among others, former Councilor and Phil. Association for the Intellectually Disabled (Phil.-AID) president Jorge Banal Sr., Dr. Teresita Inciong, QC social services and development department head Teresa Mariano and representatives of the Department of Education— National Office, DepEd—National Capital Region and JCI QC Capitol Inc..
Camp organizers are expecting more than 2,000 participants this year, with 50 percent of the participants coming from Quezon City .
Aside from the traditional outdoor camping activities, this year’s Camp Pagibig, which has as theme, “Pagpapataas sa Antas ng kakayahan, Kasama ang Pamilya at Komunidad,” will also feature reading sessions, product exhibit, bazaar, parent’s forum, handwashing activities, arts and crafts, nature lore, musical and talent presentations, among others.
Camp organizers have also invited some movie and television performers to grace the event.
Camp Pag-ibig, launched in 1976 by the Philippine Association for the Intellectually Disabled (Phil – AID) under the leadership of then president Dr. Erlinda Lolarga, is supported by the Jaycee International QC Capitol, Inc. and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) through its concessionaire, Manila Water Company, Inc.