PSTMO to fine people giving food, money to Badjaos

Don’t entertain Badjaos begging for money or food.

The Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) reminded the public that Iloilo City has an ordinance that prohibits begging and giving alms to mendicants.

According to PSTMO head Jeck Conlu, those caught violating the ordinance will be fined P500 or render community service.

“If you want to help, give it directly to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” he said.

On Wednesday, April 3, the PSTMO, in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO), started apprehending Badjaos caught begging.

Conlu said Badjaos are back again in the city.

Before the apprehensions, the PSTMO brought 62 minor and adult Badjaos it rounded up to Jaro Gymnasium for an orientation on April 2.

Gintipon naton sila kag ginpaathag ta sa ila ang mga ordinansa sang syudad nga may mga violations sila. Ginpaathag ta sa ila ang mga penalidad kag ano ang konsekwesya sang gina obra nila,” said Conlu.

Adult Badjaos caught begging will be sent to jail while the minors will be turned over to the CSWDO’s Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU).

Conlu noted that almost half of the 62 Badjaos who were present during the orientation were among those that the city government arrested and deported to Mindanao in September last year.

“They keep on returning here because, according to them, Ilonggos are kind people and they find the city as safe place for them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Conlu said he would propose to the DSWD the establishment of a facility that will serve as temporary house for the apprehended Badjaos.IMT

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