Angeles City gov’t denies rounding up street children for APEC

January 28, 2015 6:19 am 

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Jan. 27 — The city government has denied report that it has been rounding up street children due to the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings being held inside the Clark Special Economic Zone.

City mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the city government has been rescuing street children roaming the streets not only now but years before.

"The reports are wrong and malicious. We have been doing this years before. It is our policy to rescue street children roaming the streets in line with the country's compliance to the Millennium Development Goals," Pamintuan said.

"These children roam the streets because they are hungry and some of them have resorted to begging to buy and sniff 'rugby' which enabled them to forget hunger. We feed them, give them shelter and return them to their respective families. We also educate them and their parents. In some cases, we even file formal complaints against the parents in line with the Juvenile Welfare Act," he said.

He said that the local government has partnered with non-government organizations (NGOs), including the Rotary Clubs in Angeles City, Kuliat Foundation and concerned business establishments to come up with a long-term and sustainable solution to rehabilitate and educate these children.

"There must be a concerted effort among all stakeholders to put available resources together, in order to assure that our children are not out in the street begging and being introduced to a life of criminality. They should be in school learning or with their fellow children playing and studying in a safe and secured environment." he added. (PNA)

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