City Hall to bring Christmas to the IPs

The Davao City government will bring the Christmas celebration to the indigenous peoples of the city in the far-flung districts.

This was the statement of Mayor Sara Z.  Duterte-Carpio in an interview on Thursday morning.

Duterte-Carpio said the city has prepared convergence points in the far-flung districts where the IPs will be sheltered.

“Didto sila mo naog, didto sila mag-celebrate og  didto pud ihatag ilang pinaskuhan (They will go there to celebrate and their gifts will be given also in the shelter areaa),” the mayor said.

She said the city also prepared shelter areas for non-Davao IPs who will come here in the city to celebrate the yuletide season.

The City Social Services and Development Office is now finalizing a master list of the IP groups for the celebration.

CSSDO head Malu Bermudo said the social workers are now assessing these IP people from different barangays since the convergence will start on December 7 and end on December 20.

“We do it (assessment) simultaneously since last week so that we can execute it smoothly,” she said.

Bermudo said the city will have nine shelter areas in in  Marilog and Paquibato, also, the CSSDO opened a shelter in Baguio district  located at Barangay Tambobong.

“We have nine shelters area, last year we have seven,” he said.

However, the CSSDO head said that for IPs who are not from the city, there will be only contingency plan in case these people will converge in the city proper.

“Naa tay contingency, naa tay gi andam ng mga areas nga gi-identify nato. Pero kani siya, for short lang ni nga period (We contingency, we have prepared and identified possible areas for them but only for a short period),” she said.

She said there is no schedule for these non-Davao IP group on their stay in the city but they will be only given short period.

Bermudo said the CSSDO will encourage these non-Davao IP group to go back to their places and the city will refer them to their respective local governments.

She said her office already monitored IP groups from other places who are already in the city.

“Naa na tay makita sa may Buhangin, sa atoang lugar sa Agdao. Naga-conduct mig rescue sa ilaha og gina ingnan nga mo balik usa sa ilang lugar kay wala pa may December. Delikado man pud gud especially, they have children og naa sila sa mga risky nga lugar labaw na pag maghunong ang mga skayanan sa traffic, so delikado kaayo sa ilang mga bata (We see some of them in Buhangin and Agdao. We rescue them and told to go back to their place since it was not yet December. It is dangerous for them especially to their children because they are in the risky place and their children will go to the vehicles during traffic stops),” she said.