CBCP official supports ban on street caroling for the safety of street children

December 13, 2010 11:27 am 

MANILA, Dec. 12 — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed support on the banning of street caroling for the safety of street children.

Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, CBCP Media director, backs the decision of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to prevent children from caroling on the street for their own safety.

“I was able to talk to the DSWD Secretary (Dinky Soliman) and I told her that what they did is right as it will save these children from untoward accident,” he said

Quitorio noted that what these street children are doing is not really caroling but begging.

He added that by preventing these children from caroling on the streets is correcting the improper use of the Christmas spirit

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Soliman said street caroling will be banned this holiday season since it poses danger on the health and safety of children.

Instead, the DSWD will implement “Paskong Ligtas sa Batang Kalye: Kapwa Natin Palayain sa Panlilimos Ngayong Pasko,” this month in areas within Metro Manila where there are street children or street dwellers.

The project would arrange caroling performances of street children in various venues from Dec. 10 to 18, thus, preventing them from caroling and begging along major thoroughfares and roads. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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