Beng ramps up enforcement of city edict against beggars PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:48

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco declared her strong opposition to the culture of mendicancy as she pushed for the strict and continued enforcement of the Anti-Mendicancy Law in Zamboanga City.

The chief executive on Monday stressed there is no reason for children to beg because the City has not been remiss in providing social interventions, support, and assistance to families in need.

“The City has not failed them,” Climaco declared citing housing, education, and livelihood programs that are afforded to mendicants by the local government.

“No hay ba kanila asistencia y intervension ta dale el govierno? Si prigunta vosotros kanila, they have been given temporary housing. They are beneficiaries of the 4Ps program. That means the children should go to school and not beg on the streets,” Climaco said.

Renewing efforts to curb mendicancy, Climaco said the local government, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the city police, will strictly enforce and maintain the Anti-Mendicancy law.

She likewise urged the public to cooperate with these efforts so as not to encourage mendicancy culture.

“Si vosotros quiere gayot ayuda con el maga mendicants na streets, please cooperate with us. We are providing them livelihood, shelter, and educational opportunities. Let us teach them how to fish, rather than giving them money to survive for the day,” said Climaco, adding that residents who give alms to mendicants can be penalized.

Presidential Decree 1563, also known as the Mendicancy Law of 1978, applies to all mendicants and exploited infants or children who are 8 years old and below, minors found begging and covered by Presidential Decree No. 603 and parents of exploited infants and children criminally liable under Article 59 and 60 of Presidential Decree No. 603.

It intends to prevent the commission of mendicancy, prevent the exploitation of infants and children through mendicancy and provide habilitative services, and promote rehabilitation of minors found begging and mendicants by providing an integrated developmental package of preventive, habilitative interceptive, remedial, and rehabilitative services. — Jasmine Mohammadsali