Instead of holding a Christmas party, the Aviation Security Unit 5 and several of its provincial units decided to pool their resources to bring Christmas gifts to 400 families in five barangays of Virac last week.
No less than the AVSEU regional chief, Col. Isagani A. Fetizanan, arrived here Thursday noon, Dec. 17, 2020, together with 28 of his staff to join their Virac colleagues in playing Santa residents of barangays Sto. Domingo, Valencia, Calatagan, San Isidro Village and Pajo San Isidro.
They also brought 300 packs of goodies, including used and new toys, for kids 12 years old and below.
The “Pamaskong Handog ng AVSEU 5” beneficiaries were families whose houses were totally damaged by super typhoon Rolly on Nov. 1. Proper coordination was made by the AVSEU Virac with concerned barangay captains prior to the distribution of the gifts.
In an interview with the Tribune, Col. Fetizanan said the gift-giving activity is part of their effort to join hands with local authorities and show compassion for the thousands of families, especially their children, left homeless by the typhoon.
The AVSEU 5 head was on his third visit to the island since his assumption to office in July 2020, with the second made just after typhoon Rolly to check on the damage wrought on the Virac unit headquarters building which lost its entire roof.
Fetizanan disclosed that, with the national budget for 2021 already approved, he is hopeful that some members of Congress would be able to provide funding for the repair of the building inside the Virac airport compound which will cost an estimated P700,000.