Dumaguete City LGU determined to rid streets of mendicants

October 29, 2015 5:30 am 

By Judaline F. Partlow

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) – The local government of Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental, is serious in its campaign to rid the city of mendicants and similarly-natured individuals, some of whom are literally living off the streets.

City Administrator William Ablong announced Wednesday that the city government, through Task Force SAGARR, will continue with its operations for as long as it takes until these people will no longer take to the streets begging for food, coins and the like.

The law is very clear against mendicancy, Ablong pointed out. Not only that, there is also a violation of the law on the protection of children against exploitation, he added.

These people who rely largely on charitable donations are sometimes seen with very young children out in the streets, according to Ablong.

On Tuesday, Task Force SAGARR, headed by Ablong, rounded up from the streets 33 adults and children on two operations, one in the morning and another in the evening, and brought them to the gymnasium of the Dumaguete City High School for profiling.

Their basic data and other personal information as well as their photographs were taken so city authorities are guided on identifying the returning individuals as opposed to transients.

According to Ablong, some of those rounded up Tuesday included blind persons, Badjaos, members of the Ata tribe from Mabinay and Bais City in Negros Oriental, other beggars from Santander, Cebu, and others still, informal settlers living in the outskirts village of Cantil-e.

They were told to go home and were cautioned against going back to the streets as they will once again be rounded up, Ablong said.

Ablong assured that this time, the city government will take on a sustained campaign against mendicants. (PNA)

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