Non-monetary gifts urged for Christmas carolers

The Davao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has suggested a different approach to supporting Christmas carolers. Instead of giving money, they recommend offering goodies such as candies and toys. The CSWDO officer-in-charge, Julie Dayaday, expressed concern that giving money to young carolers might lead them to use it inappropriately. She also warned about the possibility of parents using the funds for gambling. Dayaday advised that caroling be conducted within the subdivisions where the carolers reside and discouraged minors from caroling on major streets due to safety risks. She urged the public to be vigilant when giving money to young carolers, as they could be exploited by syndicates. Dayaday also warned about individuals or groups soliciting funds under the guise of government offices or public figures and advised people to request permits or other relevant documents as proof of legitimate fundraising. The CSWDO, along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, has consistently issued statements regarding Christmas caroling and related matters.

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