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Joy Belmonte bans QC gov’t offices from holding Christmas parties: Ibigay na lang pera sa mahihirap!

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has banned all offices and departments from holding Christmas parties as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a memorandum, Belmonte said it would be inappropriate for offices of the city government to hold customary Christmas parties while many of its citizens are experiencing hardships due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The money that would have been spent on office Christmas parties would do more good as donations to the underprivileged during this extraordinarily difficult time in our nation’s history,” she said.

Instead of holding parties, Belmonte said all offices and departments are encouraged to donate to the sectoral representative the amount equivalent to the funds raised and allotted for their Christmas party not later than December 23, 2020.

They must coordinate with the City Social Services and Development Department to identify the legitimate representative of their chosen sector on or before Sept. 30.