P225 thousand for deportation of Badjaos from Iloilo City

Badjaos stay under this bridge in Barangay Buhang, Jaro district, Iloilo City. (Photo by PSTMO)

The Iloilo City Government is spending P225 thousand for the deportation of Badjaos begging and staying in the metropolis.

Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu said they would ship the Badjaos back to Mindanao.

PSTMO has been tasked to clean the city’s streets of mendicants.

According to Conlu, the amount, sourced from the Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), covers the travel expenses, food and medicines of the Badjaos.

The CSWDO and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) are now coordinating with the local government units (LGUs) of areas where the Badjaos came from.

“This is one of the solutions that we agreed to avoid the Badjaos from returning to the city,” Conlu said.

The cash assistance is intended to 75 adult Badjaos rounded up by the PSTMO last month.IMT