Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has prohibited all Christmas activities, except the yearly gift-giving to the vulnerable people and the dawn and evening masses, to prevent mass gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will not have the programs, games, and activities that can be the possible source of mass gathering of people where the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask, distancing and handwashing cannot be followed,” the local chief executive said.
Despite the absence of programs, games, and activities, Duterte-Carpio said the gift-giving to chosen sectors done every year will remain.
She also said that the Misa de Gallo or dawn masses will start at 5:30 a.m. while the evening mass will be at 7 p.m.
Every year, the city government distributes food packs and “Noche Buena” packs to daycare volunteers, community-based and center-based children, the Indigenous Peoples’ group, people living with HIV, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
This year, the CSWDO said the gift-giving is scheduled on December 1 to 5 for community-based children; December 3 to 16 for the indigenous people’s group; December 5 and 6 for the people living with HIV; December 12 and 13 for center-based children; December 14 to 18 for the persons with disabilities and senior citizens.