MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is toning down its Christmas celebrations this year to sympathize with typhoon victims in Mindanao.
Comelec officials revealed on Friday that they are allocating portions of their budget for Christmas parties, raffles as well as the cash gift for employees for a fund for donations to victims of Typhoon Pablo.
The Comelec likewise cancelled its party for the media, originally scheduled Friday night to donate the budget to Pablo victims.
Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the poll body will probably take away P100 to P200 from the cash gift of employees for the fund.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said some employees on their own initiative started to make donations also. The poll body plans to match what the employees will be able to give. The poll body's agency wide party will also be toned down.
Chairman Sixto Brillantes estimates that the poll body will be able to raise about P500,000 from their charity drive for Pablo victims. Brillantes said the poll body and its employees were inspired by the generosity and charity work of others in the media.