Mayor to police, CSWDO: Round-up vagrants regularly PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 11:09

Mayor Beng Climaco has instructed the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) to regularly round up vagrants or mendicants on streets as most of them are internally displaced persons (IDPs) who receive assistance from the government.

The mayor issued the call in light of proliferation of vagrants and or mendicants on streets posing traffic hazards and other risks.

“We ask the City Social Welfare Officer Sokee Roxas and PSSupt. Allan Nazaro (Police Station 10) to rescue them (mendicants/vagrants) and give them educational campaign because of the risks they pose. The government is already giving them assistance and will build houses for them,” the chief executive said.

Other than the risks they pose to traffic, many people also complaining about actuations of mendicants/vagrants roaming around the city.

Mayor Climaco said the educational campaign should focus on the provisions of the mendicancy law and the government’s efforts to help them recover from the September siege.

She affirmed that the number of mendicants/ vagrants begging on streets has increased. “They should be rescued because they are IDPs already. The government is already giving them attention and help”.

The instruction covers all individuals roaming around the city, including street children who do rugby sniffing, the Badjaos and the beggars.

The chief executive hoped that the round-up of the vagrants and mendicants will be done as soon as possible and as regularly as possible. — Sheila Covarrubias