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No caroling in Davao City

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 1:11 PM by Davao City Information Office

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No caroling activities will be allowed by the City Government of Davao for the Christmas season this pandemic.

This was announced by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Monday, during her live broadcast before Davao City Disaster Radio.

“Definitely dili [allowed] because singing is one of the human activities nga mas worse pa sa talking (Definitely not [allowed] because singing is one of the human activities that are worse than talking),” she said.

The mayor also cited that this is also why churches are mandated to have only one singer during masses and prohibit community singing because singing can possibly transmit droplets from one person to another.

She also said that it is in fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) which said that the virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they sing, cough, sneeze, speak or breathe heavily.

Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Head Marlissa Gallo said that her office is constantly monitoring areas that are frequented by street dwellers, including mendicants. She encouraged Dabawenyos to refrain from giving them alms.

“Bawal gyud na. Every day naa tay operations sa street dwellers, apil na diha ang caroling and begging (It is really not allowed. Every day we have operations against the street-dwellers, including those who are caroling and begging),” she said.

Currently, the CSWDO is in coordination with the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), and the City Transport and Traffic Management System (CTTMO) to further intensify the operations, especially with the Christmas season.

Further, Gallo told Dabawenyos to report to the CSWDO, the police, and the barangay about the presence of carolers in their area.

“Dili man na siya essential nga movement, covered na sa Covid protocol nato. Pwede [mag report] sa police, CSWDO, and sa barangay (It is not considered essential movement, it is covered by our Covid protocol. They may report to the police, CSWDO, or the barangay,” she said.

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