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The Davao City government will roll out a series of Christmas activities for the Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities starting December 2.

Bringing Christmas spirit to remote areas for the IPs has been a practice by the city government so that lumads do not have to come down to carol in the city where their safety is at risk.

City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) Assistant head Marilyn Agonia said her office will bring food packs, the mobile library and do parlor games just like in Christmas parties.

She said it is better for the lumads to celebrate Christmas in their area for their safety.

In past years, some lumads who come down to the city to carol city residents either get sick in the crowded gym where they stay or met road accidents.

“Before there was an incident of car accident and fever, we would like to avoid that, so instead of letting them come into the city, we will come to them,” Agonia recalled.

Agonia said that starting December 2, the CSSDO will go to the IP communities in the city to distribute food packs and give them a little enjoyment through short programs.

“There will be parlor games for them and the mobile library will come with us so that the children can enjoy the books. This is also an opportunity for them to experience the mobile library of the city,” she said.

The mobile library goes to the community, especially in the far-flung areas to let the kids read books inside the library. CIO