President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led the opening of the Office of the President (OP) Family Day on Saturday at the Malacañang grounds, as he expressed his gratitude to OP employees for their hard work and service to the people and country.
“At kami naman na namumuno ng Office of the President, lahat po ng nandito ay parang ito na ang aming paraan upang magpasalamat sa inyong lahat, sa inyong napakagandang trabaho na ibinibigay,” President Marcos said in his address during the event, recognizing the hard work and dedication of OP personnel in assisting his government serve the people.
“So, ganun na lang, at maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo sa nakaraang taon, sa inyong pagsisikap, sa inyong sipag, sa inyong galing upang tayo nga ay makapagbigay ng magandang serbisyo sa taong-bayan.”
Recalling his father, the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., the President said he was advised to “overpay” the personnel and staff helping the administration.
The chief executive also extended his holiday greetings to the attendees of the OP Family Day.
“Kaya ‘yan ang ating… Ngunit, Pasko. Kaya bakasyon nang kaunti. Mag-relax nang kaunti. Magpasaya nang kaunti. Merry Christmas sa inyong lahat. Maraming salamat sa inyong serbisyo. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year na isasama ko,” he said.
The OP Family Week is an annual event aligned with the long-standing tradition established in 1992 when former President Fidel V. Ramos declared the last week of September as Family Week, emphasizing the significance family ties and the security that it provides.
The celebration, which aims to foster a sense of community and family among the employees, has been strategically rescheduled to December to synergize with three key projects championed by the President and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos: LAB for All, Serbisyo Fair, and Kadiwa.
Both the Lab for All and Serbisyo Fair extended invitations to all employees along with one family member, collectively serving approximately 4,000 individuals.
The Lab for All aims to provide free medical consultations, while the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) will provide various government social service programs, such as the passport on wheels, driver’s license application/renewal, Social Security System E-wheels, Government Service Insurance System application, and Pag-Ibig membership assistance.
Kadiwa ng Pangulo (KNP), on the other hand, offers an array of services and affordably priced goods during the event. KNP is an inter-agency collaboration which aims to alleviate the financial burden of the Christmas season, embodying the spirit of generosity and community outreach. PND