Monday, September 16, 2019

Hanging clothes greet commuters in Cebu City

IT'S common knowledge to hang clothes to dry, but to hang them up on the traffic island, that's something else.

Maria Paz Sepulveda, a concerned citizen, noticed clothes hanging on the traffic island just in front of a mall at N. Bacalso Highway, Cebu City, on July 13.

She took photos and posted them on SunStar's Facebook group called Sumbongero on July 15 to call out government agencies concerned.

Mid-August, Sepulveda notified SunStar that clothes were no longer there but on September 8, she saw them again.

Another concerned citizen, Ency Markency, also noticed the clothes on two different occasions and shared them to the Sumbongero group.

Clothes hanging on the traffic island in N. Bacalso is a common sight to commuters who pass by the area. (Photo by Ency Markency)

In an interview with Pahina Central village chief Carlo Yap, he acknowledged that such problem exists for quite some time already.

Yap said that he and other village officials conducted roving to remove the clothes and reprimanded the people who caused the problem.

The problem, however, persists.

The village officials pointed out that the people who own the clothes are the street dwellers who usually camp outside a rural bank in the area.

They said the Anti-Mendicancy Board will have to handle these people; however, the board has yet to reconvene with the current city administration.

Last September 27, Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella urged the executive department, through the Anti-Mendicancy Board, to look into the proliferation of street dwellers.

The board takes care of the welfare of street dwellers by doing operations that will help them go back to their homes instead of taking shelter on the streets and making money out of begging.

Anti-mendicancy laws forbid begging or the soliciting of charitable donations by the poor or religious organizations in the streets. They are epitomized by Presidential Decree 1563, an anti-mendicancy law implemented in the Philippines by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1978. (Ileana Cortes/Sunnex)

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