President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Bayanihan: Pamaskong Handog ng PAGCOR 2012 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Monday (December 10, 2012). With theme: “Bayanihan and Gift-Giving”, the agency has allocated P26.7 million to fund its grand gift-giving mission that runs from November 29 to December 20, 2012. PAGCOR’s Pamaskong Handog event began in December 2010 under the initiative of the agency’s new management as part of its core commitment to reach out to the less privileged sectors of society. The successful staging of the “Pamaskong Handog ng PAGCOR: 12 Days of Christmas” in 2010 inspired the PAGCOR management to make the event a yearly tradition. In photo are Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim, Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr. and Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 10 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to work harder to make government an effective servant of the people by implementing reforms that will rid it of graft and corruption.

In his speech keynoting the annual gift-giving activity of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for the less fortunate held at the Cuneta Astrodome on Monday, the President reiterated his administration’s advocacy that the government should be made for the people and not for the whims of a select few.

He cited PAGCOR as a concrete example that through the implementation of reforms and proper management, the once favorite milking cow of the corrupt, now holds the nation’s coffers that will be used for the uplift and betterment of the people.

“Hindi po natatapos dito ang pagsisikap nating maghandog ng biyaya sa atin pong kapwa. Patuloy po nating lilinisin ang ating pamahalaan upang epektibong makapaglingkod sa ating mamamayan. Walang alinlangan nating inaalis ang mga agiw at dumi sa sistema. Kaakibat ng pagpapanagot natin sa mga tiwali, pinabibilis din natin ang pagpapabuti sa kapakanan ng mas nakakarami,” the President said.

“Ang gusto po natin: ang inyong sipag at sakripisyo ay may katumbas na pag-asenso. Bawat patak ng pawis sa maghapong paghahanap-buhay sa katirikan ng araw; bawat metrong tinatahak upang matiyak ang kalinisan sa kapaligiran; bawa’t puso na ‘di alintana ang peligro sa kalsada; ay may katumbas na kapanatagan ng loob na mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang inyong pamilya,” he added. (MNS)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr., Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto, Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim and Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr., distributes gift packs to some 2,000 street sweepers from the Cities of Pasay, Parañaque and Manila during the Bayanihan: Pamaskong Handog ng PAGCOR 2012 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Monday (December 10, 2012). With theme: “Bayanihan and Gift-Giving”, the agency has allocated P26.7 million to fund its grand gift-giving mission that runs from November 29 to December 20, 2012. PAGCOR’s Pamaskong Handog event began in December 2010 under the initiative of the agency’s new management as part of its core commitment to reach out to the less privileged sectors of society. The successful staging of the “Pamaskong Handog ng PAGCOR: 12 Days of Christmas” in 2010 inspired the PAGCOR management to make the event a yearly tradition. (MNS photo)