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Honorable Jose G. Solis,
representative of the 2nd District of Sorsogon, was the Guest of
Honor and Speaker at the Christmas Party of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. on December
14, 2003 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse, Intramuros, Manila.
Before the crowd of Buluseños
and other guests which included former Sorsogon OIC Vice-Governor Eddie Frivaldo,
his sister Josephine and son Vladimir – Congressman Solis spoke on his
sterling accomplishments in his district the last two and a half years of his
term. Particulary, he reported on
the recent passage into law of RA 9176 otherwise known as the Extension of
the Free Patent Act, whose mother bill was of his principal authorship.
This new law which was just
enacted last November 13, 2003, provides for the extension for the filing of
free patents, or the titling of agricultural lands, until December 31, 2020,
a 20-year extension from the original deadline set by RA 6490
- thus, enabling the government to distribute more lands especially to
the poor farmers and landless across the country.
According to the solon, his priority is education that’s why he saw to
it that more public schools be put up in the different towns and barrios to
accommodate the growing number of students every year and give opportunity to
the poor to acquire quality education.
Upon knowing of the yearly
gift-giving project of Damayan-Buluseño dubbed as Damayan Christmas Drive,
Congressman Solis handed a check of P 25,000 to Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, the
association’s president, as his contribution which was well-applauded by the
Buluseños. He also pledged to
support other projects of the association.
In response, Mr. Fuentes presented to him a Plaque of Appreciation for
his very nice gesture.
Although he was a bit late in coming to the party, he was admired by the
association’s officers and other Buluseños for trying his best to honor their
invitation. Despite the fact that
he had a commitment in his hometown of Bulan a day before, he exerted all
efforts to be back in Manila by land just to catch up with his appointment with
The party was attended by a big crowd of Buluseños representing the 24
barangays of Bulusan. They came
from different points of Metro-Manila and nearby provinces bringing with them
their assigned foods and donations to Damayan Christmas Drive ’03.
As usual, the affair was ushered in by a mass at 2:00 P. M. which was
celebrated by Rev. Fr. Alex Jerus of Sorsogon City.
To boost the Christmas spirit in the celebration, all the officers,
members of the choir and other Buluseños were in red and bright-colored attire.
Unlike in Christmas parties of the association in the past wherein the
entertainment numbers were rendered by individual performers, this time the
audience including the guests led by the choir joined in the lively singing of
popular Christmas carols like Joy to the World, Hark the Herald and Ang Pasko
Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)
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