The city government will extend Pasko Fiesta to the Lumad communities.
The city will roll out a series of Christmas activities for the indigenous peoples starting Dec. 2.
Bringing Christmas spirit to the remote areas where Lumad communities are has been a practice by the city government to also bring happiness to the IP so that they don’t have to come down to carol in the city where the risks of their safety is at stake, said City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) assistant head Marilyn Agonia.
“It is better for the Lumads to celebrate Christmas in their areas for their safety,” Agonia said.
In previous years, Lumads would come down to the Poblacion District to seek Christmas gifts. These natives either get sick in the crowded places where they stay or meet road accidents.
“Before, there was an incident of car accident and fever, we would like to avoid that,” Agonia recalled. “So instead of letting them come into the city, we will come to them.”
She said the CSSDO will bring food packs, mobile library and do parlor games to entertain the Lumads starting Dec. 2.
“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 remote far-flung areas to let children experience book reading inside the library.