CCPO warns PUV carolers as Christmas season starts

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NOW that the Christmas season has started, carolers are expected to be going around the neighborhood again to sing Christmas songs in exchange for money.

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) said it will not apprehend street carolers, but only those public utility vehicle (PUV) carolers.

The minors who will be found caroling inside the PUV will be rescued.

The CCPO said it is still waiting for the Cebu City Government to issue new guidelines on caroling.

Executive Order 104 was issued by late Cebu City mayor Edgardo Labella on November 10, 2020, banning street caroling to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Maria Theresa Macatangay, information officer of the CCPO, said there is no law that prohibits caroling even though this was discouraged two years ago during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Now that the restriction in the city has been relaxed, carolers will not be stopped from singing provided that they wear a face mask.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier reminded the public that people expel more respiratory droplets when singing, which increases the risk of transmission of the virus.

Macatangay said the virus is still around, thus she warned street carolers to follow health protocol so as not to infect others and be infected.

"It has been our tradition but let us be prudent in doing such activities that no harm will fall on the individuals doing that, and you will not also offend people who are very strict with their health protocols as well, so let's understand with each other,” said Macatangay.

But Macatangay said children caught caroling inside the public utility jeepney will be rescued.

According to Macatangay, these children are at risk of being run over.

"That is definitely a no-no. If ever you have that kind of experience, please call your local police immediately so that we will be able to rescue those kids away from the risk, also we will be conducting arrest on those adults that allow such activities to happen," said Macatangay.

She also warned the parents not to take their children to caroling, especially when they are up until late at night.

Although they cannot be rescued even during the curfew hours if their parents are with them, Macatangay said the health of the children is the one at risk.

Macatangay said they will also meet the security officers of some big establishments in the city as part of security measures with the start of the “Ber” months, when criminal activities such as snatching and robbery are expected to rise. (AYB, TPT)