01 March 2014

US Navy, Subic Locator bring joy to orphans in Olongapo

OLONGAPO CITY: US Navy personnel from the USNS John Ericson and representatives from Subic locator Aviation Concepts recently shared half a day of joy with orphans from the Center for Youth, Women and Social Welfare (CYWSW) as part of their Community Relations (COMREL) program.

US Navy personnel headed by Captain Anthony Bourdouin, prior to the celebration dubbed as a “Big Day Celebration” organized by the City Social Welfare Development Office, conducted repairs, painting and other refurbish works inside the CYWSW.

Aviation Concepts, a locator inside Subic Bay Freeport, also donated filing cabinets, office desk and chairs, clothing, bikes, a lawnmower, and books for the children.

“This is only the beginning. I will request our Navy Commander to allow our ship to visit your city more frequently,” Bourdouin said.

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino welcomed the US Navy personnel and Lyn Habeck of Aviation Concepts, and thanked them for the work they have done and the donation they have made.

“Nakakatuwa na marami talagang magaganda loob, na tumutulong sa syudad ngayon, napakalaking tulong yung mga bagong gamit para sa mga bata dito sa center at pag repair ng mga sirang lugar sa facility na ito” (We are elated that there are so many good-hearted people who are now helping the city. Their donations for the kids, and repair works done on some of our facilities are really of big help to us), Paulino said.

“Olongapo is our second home,” Bourdouin said as he vowed to continue to extend help to the city’s Social Welfare Development programs.

City Social Welfare Officer Gonzalo Pascua, in charge of the center, also thanked the US Navy personnel and Aviation Concepts.

Song numbers, dance presentation and a surprise number by Mayor Paulino who sang “If We Hold on Together” with social workers of the city capped off the activity. (Olongapo City PAO)