The Quezon City government is once again playing host to the annual day camp for children with special needs.
Already, preparations have attracted additional participants and initiatives of support for the event. Camp Pag-ibig 2011 will be held on February 12 and 13 at the Balara Filter grounds in District III, Quezon City .
The city government has been hosting the Camp Pag-ibig for the last 19 years to spread the gift of love to children with special needs.
Camp Pag-ibig organizers are expecting about 2,000 participants this year, to represent various school divisions in the National Capital Region and the city schools division of Antipolo, Rizal.
Mayor Herbert Bautista has assured camp organizers of his full support. He considers the yearly undertaking as vital in providing children with special needs the opportunities to integrate and socialize with the community.
The Mayor, who is the honorary camp director for Camp Pag-ibig 2011, is set to keynote the affair, which serves as one of the highlights of the celebration of the National Mental Intellectual Disability Week from February 12 to 18.
Congressman Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Jr. is this year’s camp director.
Aside from the traditional outdoor camping activities, participants in this year’s Camp Pag-ibig will be treated to a musical concert featuring various Filipino rock and acoustic performers. There will also be a search for a most talented camper.
Camp Pag-ibig, which came into being in 1976 with only a handful of supporters, can now boast of a broad network of benefactors, which include the Quezon City government, QC Capitol Jaycees, Philippine Association for the Retarded, QC social services development department, Department of Education, Bureau of Elementary Education and Manila Water.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO.