The local governments of Quezon City and Manila, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that children are now prohibited from caroling on the streets.
In a GMA news report, Quezon City administrator Aldrin Cuña said that the city officials will immediately rescue children found caroling on the streets.
“The streets are for pedestrians and traffic [and not for carolers] . . .,” he said.
In the same report, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said that the ban will be also implemented in the capital.
“They can’t do that in the middle of the street, sa bahay lang,” said Estrada.
For her part, DSWD-National Capital Region Director Ma. Alicia Bonoan said the agency is also asking other local governments to prohibit street caroling as these pose a threat to the safety of children.
Bonoan, also in the news report, urged the public not to give money to the street carolers to prevent them from caroling.