MANILA, Philippines – Street urchins aiming to earn a few bucks over the holidays by singing carols to motorists through car windows shouldn’t expect to get some from actor and Yes Pinoy founding chairman Dingdong Dantes.
Not that Dantes has become a modern-day Scrooge.
The actor is merely sharing the concern of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), specifically in making the streets safe for homeless children.
According to a report on abs-cbnnews.com, the actor recently joined hands with the DSWD in implementing the program dubbed “Paskong Ligtas sa Batang Kalye: Kapwa Natin Palayain sa Panlilimos Ngayong Pasko.”
The project, aimed at reducing accidents connected to such unlawful practice, will be implemented this month within Metro Manila where there is a large concentration of street children.
“Iniiwas lang natin sa kapahamakan ang mga batang nangangaroling sa kalye,” said he via “24 Oras” adding, “Inililihis lang natin sila sa mga ganitong [dangerous] activities.”
Dantes, along with DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, was present during the program’s launch Dec. 4.
According to Soliman, they are not out to spoil the season for the vagabond youths.
“Street caroling is dangerous to the health and safety of children, but even if street caroling will be prohibited, we will not spoil the spirit of holiday season for our disadvantaged children by giving them gifts the safe way,” said she in a official statement.
To this end, the DSWD is arranging for caroling performances in various venues from Dec. 10 to 18.
The DSWD is also organizing a grand Christmas Party on Dec, 19, where they will distribute gifts and food packs.
Also to be conducted in various venues are arts and crafts activities, storytelling sessions, a “book parade,” performing arts, team sports, and youth leadership workshop and reflection sessions.
“These activities will be done in safe and clean streets,” Soliman added.
Dantes, for his part, is tapping volunteers from his foundation, Yes Pinoy, to assist in the implementation of the different activities as well as to provide vitamins and other goods.
For those who want to do their share, call the DSWD-NCR office through 488-2761 or 09185029491.