QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government will hold the 43rd Camp Pag-ibig for special children at the Balara filtration plant on Sunday, the Manila Standard reported.
To be led by Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, the annual day camp for children with disabilities intends to provide them with an opportunity to interact and socialize with one another.
The event would gather about 2,000 special children to help them improve their socialization skills toward full integration and participation in the community, said former city councilor Jorge Banal Sr., Philippine Association for the Intellectually Disabled Inc. president.
“You see, these special children do behave like any other ordinary kids when they are at the camp,” Banal told reporters in a media briefing.
Banal said the group has partnered with Belmonte and Raymond John Fullido, Junior Chamber International Capitol-Quezon City chapter president, to host this year’s Camp Pag-ibig.
“The activity is a landmark project of the JCI Capitol-Quezon City to bring us more international awards,” Fullido said.
The event will coincide with the celebration of the National Intellectual Disability Week.
“Belmonte will deliver an inspirational message at the opening of Camp Pag-ibig,” Banal said.
When asked if Belmonte’s participation has something to do with politics, Banal said: “we are non-partisan.”
The vice mayor is running in the mid-term election to replace incumbent Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.