CSWDO rescues 266 mendicants Print
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:17

By RG Antonet Go

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has rescued a total of 266 mendicants, majority of who are children.

Leonida T. Bayan, Assistant CSWDO Officer, said that of the 266 mendicants they rescued from January to November this year, 118 are children.

A total of 35 are elderly, and 113 are adults.

According to Bayan, these mendicants come from the barangays of Kasanyangan, Masepla, and Mampang in Zamboanga.

Their office has also noted mendicants coming from as far as Jolo, Basilan, Tawi Tawi, Dipolog City, Tagum, Davao City, South Cotabato, and Pagadian.

The rescue is being conducted by the police, city health office, Commission on Human Rights, and CSWDO every Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays with Councilor Tungkuh Hanapi.

After the rescue, the mendicants are being assessed and given social intervention.

Those mendicants from Zamboanga are being returned in coordination with the barangay.

Out of town mendicants are escorted to  their place of origin.

Bayan said that the proliferation of mendicants is one of the social issues that the office is facing. “We cannot solve this social problem alone we need to have the strong collaboration with the rest of the stakeholders PNP, CHR, CHO, NGO, and CSWDO.”

“Per experience, there is a proliferation of mendicants if there are special events such as fiesta and Christmas season. That’s why we intensify rescue operation and we mobilize the barangay officials,” Bayan added.

The Assistant CSWDO Officer also believes that Councilor Tungkuh Hanapi will be of great help as he represents the Indigenous People sector and most mendicants are Badjaos. (R.G. A A. Go)