TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the region officially welcomed the Yuletide season with a Christmas lighting ceremony and gift-giving activity last Thursday (Nov. 30).

The regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways is now aglow with the lighting of a 16-foot Christmas tree marked with gift-giving to children of the employees of the department. The November 30 event was graced by Usec. Nerie Bueno. (DPWH-8)

Dubbed as the ‘Paskong Pinoy Christmas lighting ceremony’, this year’s celebration started with the lighting of the 16-foot Christmas tree made of colorful panels built on top of each other, topped with a brightly-lit DPWH logo.

The designed panels depict the DPWH mission and vision represented by the images of equipment and silhouettes of people doing civil works—from planning all the way to the implementation stage.

It also symbolizes unity and progress geared towards national development, and the synergy between Filipino craftsmanship and the department’s commitment to provide quality infrastructures.

After the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, the gift-giving activity led by DPWH Regional Director Edgar Tabacon was held.

Among those present were Asec. Nerie Bueno and officials from other DPWH regional offices.

“The most enthusiastic thought about Christmas is the children. Kindness and love are what make the celebration more fulfilling”, Tabacon said during the event held at the grounds of their regional office at Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

The officials gifted 500 children of the department’s personnel. Apart from the gifts, food treats were also provided to the children.

In her speech, Asec. Bueno expressed delight as she lauded the office for conducting an activity that fosters good camaraderie amongst employees.

“I am really interested with this undertaking. This is one way of building relationships. After all when we retire, ang matitira nalang po sa atin and yong magandang pagsasamahan natin. And it is always good if we start it now—mag build ng relationships,” she said.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Undersecretary for Service Continuity Mark R. Gimenez, who was also among the guests, called out for unity, understanding, and peace throughout the year up to succeeding years, not only in the Eastern Visayas region but also to the entire country.

Assistant regional director Ma. Margarita Junia expressed her gratitude to all personnel of their office as the ceremony allowed the employees to give time for their families.

“I hope these beautiful lights will bring us all joy so we can spread love, friendship, and kindness,” she said.