‘Halfway house’ pushed for Zambo’s roaming ‘loonies’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:29


City Health Officer Redelin Agbulos was pushing for the construction of a “halfway house” where to gather and keep people with mental disorders even as he observed that most of the mentally deranged persons presently roaming the streets in downtown Zamboanga are not originally from this city but from nearby provinces.

Citing latest statistics from the city social welfare office, Dr. Agbulos said there are presently more than 20 mentally deranged persons wandering on the city streets as they can no longer be accommodated in the mental ward of the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

He said there have been series of meetings with agencies concerned on how to address the issue on mental disorders among people as a result of drug addiction and other factors, such as genetics and the environment.

“Again, the concern of the city government is how to gather these mentally deranged persons. So, there is really an urgent need to put up some sort of a halfway house where we gather them temporarily while waiting for their turn to go back to their respective places of origin or hometowns,” Agbulos said during the press briefing yesterday morning in City Hall.

For her part, Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated the need to “rescue” from the streets those people suffering from mental disorders, stressing that their exposure to public places might endanger the lives of other people.

“Or, they themselves are endangering their own lives on the streets. Thus, we need to rescue them. This is primarily the task of the city social welfare office,” the mayor said.

The issue on mentally deranged persons came on the heels of incidents over the weekend, one of which was a girl hacked to death by a psychopath relative in Barangay Vitali, east of this city.

A similar incident was reported in Bunguiao, also in the east coast, where a mother and her daughter were killed by a mentally deranged man.

Still another incident involved a man believed to be mentally unstable set on fire a house in Pasonanca.

Mayor Climaco said the City Health Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office are tasked to implement programs that will address the problem of mentally deranged people roaming the streets of Zamboanga.— Vic Larato


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:32