Osmeña Park to get new image

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Monday, April 28, 2014


THE dark spaces, where indecent actions are allegedly happening in Osmeña Park, will soon be stories of the past as the City government is planning to pull out all the ambulant vendors, masseurs, chess and dama players, and mendicants to give way for the park's rehabilitation.

The Davao City Parks System Board, headed by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) OIC Engr. Liza Madrazo, convened Monday to discuss the rules and regulations to be implemented in Osmeña Park.

Madrazo said the board will rehabilitate the park and copy some of the features of the People’s Park.

“Dili makontrol ang mga tao pag naa sila, unlike sa People’s Park nga naka fence (We cannot control the public while they are at the park),” Madrazo said.

She said the City has fenced off the entire park to start with the renovation and asked the Task Force Davao (TFD) to provide security.

She said the mendicants occupying the park live there for years now. The chess and dama players, on the other hand, will be relocated beside the City Council.

As to the masseurs, she said, the board is yet to decide whether or not they will be providing a relocation area for them or simply put an end to the activity.

Leo Villareal, City Information Office OIC, said reports have reached the board regarding the “indecent actions” within the surroundings of the park.

“Nalahi na ang image sa atong park kay naay mga reports nga ginabuak ang suga diha sa area para mungitngit tapos diha na magsugod ang mga malaswa na binuhatan (The lights at the park are destroyed to create dark places where indecent activities happen),” he said.

Villareal said the City cannot just sit back and tolerate these activities, thus, they have to “put and end” to it.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, chairman on the committee for tourism, said the board initiated to conduct investigation on the matters reaching them.

“If found true, then there must be a strict implementation of the rules and regulations at the Osmeña Park,” Alejandre said.

Superintendent Joel Consulta, chief of the San Pedro Police Station, said they have also monitored prohibited activities in the area such as smoking, gambling, and the like.

“Paminsan-minsan ginagawa din yang tambayan ng mga snatcher. Meron din mga nag iinuman. Hindi namin alam kung sino-sino ang pumupunta sa park,” Consulta said.

As a matter of fact, Consulta said they were able to arrest five minors for illegal gambling.

The minors were endorsed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Meanwhile, the mendicants at the park have asked the City Government of Davao to provide a relocation area for them as soon as they evict them.
“Wala mi balay diri sa Davao. Unta hatagan mi balay,” one of the mendicants, who refused to be identified, said.

The ambulant vendors, on the other hand, said they have no choice but to follow what the City Government mandates.

“Kung muingon si Mayor muhawa mi, mutuman ra man mi,” said Teresita Nievos, a vendor.

Madrazo said the rehabilitation of the Osmeña Park will run until July this year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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