City drive vs mendicants, street kids nets 37 people PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:51

by Sheila Covarrubias

Authorities have intensified the drive against mendicants and street children in the downtown area.

The drive which started Friday netted 37 people of which 20 are minors and 17 adults. A number of them are persons with disabilities.

Assistant City Social Welfare Officer Leonila Bayan said a number of those rounded up were traced to have come from Davao, Jolo, Siasi and Zamboanga del Sur.

Initially, the rounded up mendicants and street children were brought to the City Social Welfare and Development Office for intake and some lectures. They were also given hot meals.

Those from out of town were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for further intervention.

Bayan said the intensified drive will continue in the days to come. The operation is conducted by combined forces from the City Police Office, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Interior and Local Government, DSWD and CSWDO.

The intensified drive is pursuant to a directive from Mayor Beng Climaco who observed the proliferation of mendicants and street children in the downtown area.

The presence of mendicants and street children in streets poses traffic hazards and sometimes leads to petty crimes such as snatching and pick pocketing.  — Sheila Covarrubias