Anti-mendicancy drive continues in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY –- Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said the local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City maintains its stand in the implementation of the “anti-mendicancy” ordinance of the city.

Domogan said the anti-mendicancy campaign will be applicable to all beggars seen around the Central Business District (CBD).

An elderly beggar does her daily ritual along a street in San Fernando City, La Union on Tuesday. Photo by VA/NorthboundPH
An elderly beggar does her daily ritual along a street in San Fernando City, La Union on Tuesday. VA/NorthboundPH

He added that in coordination with the bus lines plying the city, the arrested beggars will be transported back to where they came from.

But the plan poised a problem which resulted in the bus lines losing their passengers because of the stench of the beggar or beggars.

The solution resulted in another problem when a social worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera Regional Office (DSWD-CAR) giving the mendicant a bath was harassed.

Aside from the “Badjaos”, social workers and law enforcers will also apprehend the young children serving as taxi barkers along major streets in the city and the beggars roaming around the city in order to help reduce the number of beggars who have made begging as a lucrative trade.

Earlier, City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) Betty Fangasan aired her observation stating that there may be some influential people behind the proliferation of “Badjao” beggars in the city, citing that the minors that they have rounded up were fetched by able-bodied individuals who represented themselves as their relatives.

In a separate interview, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) chief Senior Superintendent George Daskeo, assured that law enforcers will continue to apprehend beggars and bring or send them back to their families.

Daskeo said the police operations against mendicants will be part of their duties and responsibilities. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/