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Peña assures Makati seniors of “tastier” B-day cakes

Aug 6, 2015 @ 3:22

Makati City acting mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña said he will continue the Binays’ cake-giving program for the city’s senior citizens but this time, the cake giveaways would be “more affordable, tastier and branded.”

Peña announced that the bidding for the cake-giving program worth over P9.3 million would proceed on August 10, with about 300 cake makers, including Goldilocks and Red Ribbon, expected to participate.

“Some of the bidders are famous for their quality products and excellent service. We would like to get a bakeshop that’s new, tested and trusted, and can supply more affordable, tastier and branded cakes  for our elderly,” he said.

The cakes, he added, would be available in various flavours.

On his 46th birthday on Wednesday, August 5, Peña received a cake from the city’s Office for Seniors Citizens Affairs (OSCA), according to an Inquirer story.

OSCA said the cake “was a gesture of gratitude for Peña’s good and transparent governance that has brought about significant improvements in the benefits and services for the elderly residents of Makati.”

Makati’s cake-giving program started in 2003 when Vice President Jejomar Binay was still the mayor.

A defeated mayoralty candidate, Renato Bondal, revealed in a Senate hearing that the birthday cakes were overpriced.

Until February last year, the cake supplier was Cups & Mugs Kitchenette and Catering Services owned by Kim Tun S. Chong, an alleged front for the Binay family.

In March last year, Bakerite replaced Cups & Mugs.

For now, Peña said sponsors are paying for the cakes until a new supplier was selected.

Vice Mayor Peña assumed office on July 2 after Mayor Junjun Binay was ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations that the Makati City Science High School building was overpriced.

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