BAGUIO CITY, July 24(PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag rallied support from the private sector to become partners for change for a better country.
Banaag called on the Lions Club officials and members to continue their support to the Filipino people with their various programs and projects including outreach activities in the different parts of the country.
“The administration of President Duterte needs you, the country needs you,” Banaag said in her keynote address during the 68th Installation of Officers and Induction of new members of the Baguio City Host Lions Club(BCHLC) at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City last week.
She explained that the government cannot do or provide the needs of the people by itself, it needs the service- oriented organizations such as the Lions Club to help the country to become a better Philippines. She commended the Lions Club for their unending support to the Filipino people.
She remembered that during her younger years in her hometown of Paracelis, Mountain Province, a Lions Club came and conducted medical, dental and other services to their far flung community and this became an inspiration for her.
Banaag offered to the organization the services of the government media which they can tap to popularize and promote their programs to service more individuals. She said they can use the services of the Peoples Television, the Radyo Pilipinas (former Radyo ng Bayan), the Philippine News Agency and the Philippine Information Agency.
New BCHLC President Jef Ng assured that they continue to serve the community particularly those in the far-flung areas which he said is the calling of being a Lion’s Club.
“I look forward to our upcoming planning sessions and short talks where we can converse all the possible projects and activities we can do for our community. As a servant leader, we can change the world, the world which we live, work and interact with others,” said Ng.
The BCHLC has organized and conducted service activities centered on the youth, vision, environment and hunger relief which are its centennial service challenge. It has also provided vision screenings and eyeglasses to people with low vision, organized youth leadership development activities, engaged development activities, and sponsored feeding programs for undernourished children to help keep them in school.
The Lion Club works with the City Social Welfare and Development Office in identifying the neediest community projects. The Club also has partnered with the Department of Education to serve and extend assistance to malnourished pupils.
“We stand together to serve those in need,” Ng stressed as he bared that they tap partners beyond the walls of the Lions Club, particularly with the Outstanding Students of the Cordillera Administrative Regionorganization under the flagship of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, who can be partners in doing community projects.
“The horizon of building partnerships and relations with other organizations in the community is truly wide and this can exponentially grow the reach of our beloved Lions Club,” Ng said. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)