The reception for the poor turned out to be a “getting-to-know” Mayor Richard S. Garin, Jr as he shared his life’s experiences of gratitude, love, and forgiveness.
According to him, when they were young, the Garin siblings they would do the daigon with the poor. Visit their houses and bring presents.
“Hugot-hugot nga pagpasalamat nga ikaw daw mahibi ka man sa kalipay. The feeling radiates. Na relive kami sa kakapoy. That is why, since elementary grade, asta nagdaragkul kami, asta nag intra sa politika, social welfare program is always part of our lives,” he said.
In Miagao, Mayor Garin said that he has instructed the MSWD to appropriate sufficient funds for a social services programs, especially to the bed-ridden.
The Reception for the Poor is an annual event sponsored by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate relative to the Feast of St. Thomas of Villanova.
This year, Mayor Garin sponsored the lunch of some 250 beneficiaries of the program.