Issue of March 10, 2019
     
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Help beggars by not giving alms
LAURENCE Q. LAYCO, Baguio City

A popular Chinese saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

The City Social Welfare and Development Office has reminded the public anew to be mindful of the Presidential Decree 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law.

The Anti-Mendicancy Law prohibits the public from extending assistance, particularly monetary, to mendicants in an aim to prevent the exploitation of infants and children through mendicancy and promote the rehabilitation of minors found begging in the streets.

The law is applicable to all beggars roaming around the city’s central business district so there will be no complaints from some indigenous groups that they are being singled out in the government’s efforts to curb the proliferation of beggars in the Summer Capital.

Despite government interventions, the number of beggars increases through the years.

CSWD Officer Betty Fangasan said the livelihood and skills training intended for mendicants are often refused; the concerned individuals have discovered that begging is a profitable means of livelihood. Fangasan likewise suspects that some people or groups could be behind the sudden increase in the number of beggars from the south, as many of the minors that they have rounded up were fetched by able-bodied individuals who presented themselves as relatives.

A coordinated effort of local and national agencies and the community as well is needed to end mendicancy in the city. Donations for mendicants may be coursed through the CSWDO instead.

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