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Pangasinan Association member Vida Songcuan (right) said she is honored to present Oxnard with a $3,000 check. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Friday, July 5, 2019

By Chris Frost

chris@tricountysentry.com

Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council received a donation from the Ventura County Pangasinan Association to improve bus stops and shelters in Oxnard during its July 2, meeting.

Mayor Tim Flynn told the crowd the city is grateful for the many organizations that provide financial support for city programs and assets.

"When we talk about volunteerism and people giving to the community, we can say they are part of the solution and not part of the problem," he said. "We have to ask ourselves if we are part of the solution or part of the problem."

Spokesperson Vida Songcuan said the group is happy and honored to present a check for $3,000 to the City of Oxnard.

"We fundraise to come up with the money, and as a non-profit organization, we are not supposed to exceed a certain amount of money," she said. "That's why we are donating back a certain amount of money back to the city."

Songcuan said some of the bus stops are dark at night.

"The last one was at Rose Avenue by Oxnard College, and this is for solar lights from the Ventura County Pangasinan Association," she said.

Flynn said there are several Filipino organizations in Ventura County.

"Pangasinan is one of the regions in the Philippines on the big island of Luzon," Songcuan said. "When I was back in the Philippines, there were 45 towns in Pangasinan. It's like a county."

Farming and fishing is the primary occupation, she said, and the primary product is rice.

"It's on the national highway," she said.

The crowd gave the group a warm ovation after the check presentation.