By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Dumaguete City government has reported that some 2,709 individuals have been arrested or rescued for vagrancy, begging and other offenses from June 1 to December 15 last year.
Retired Police Officer and current head of the Dumaguete City Task Force Eduardo Oira said those arrested have either been penalized or turned over to appropriate authorities.
Some 1,982 Badjaos and 90 beggars were removed from the city streets during the 274 operations conducted to enforce the anti-mendicancy law.
They were brought to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) or turned over to their guardians and to other local government units (LGUs).
Oira said that 159 were also arrested for violating the anti-vagrancy ordinance, 95 of those arrested were brought to the Youth Home while the remaining were turned over to their parents.
Fifty-one youths were arrested for sniffing rugby, 37 of whom were referred to the Police Station, he added.
The Task Force also conducted 119 operations to apprehend illegal vendors and confiscated 95 baskets of fruits and 24 bundles of vegetables.
Sixty-four of these vendors have paid their fines while 31 baskets of fruits and 24 bundles of vegetables have been given to the Youth Home and Mental Rehabilitation Centers.
Authorities also inspected 23 Internet cafes and arrested 19 people for truancy; 12 were referred to school officials and nine were turned over to their parents and guardians.
In his report, Oira said 71 mentally disturbed persons have been rescued and sent to the mental rehabilitation center in response to request for assistance by concerned citizens.
Meanwhile, some 218 violators have been issued citation tickets for smoking in public places. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Jan. 10, 2017)