Social welfare to strictly monitor Badjao kids

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR) assured to strictly monitor Badjao families sure to be scattered around Baguio City especially during the Panagbenga Festival until the summer season.

DSWD-CAR regional director Janet Armas said during the peak season of tourists arrivals, Badjaos also find their way to the Summer Capital
In the past, the DSWD noticed the arrival of Badjaos reported to be from central Luzon during the influx of tourist season to beg and after which, return to the lowlands.

Armas added DSWD has rescued some kids with the help of the police who were eventually returned to their families in the lowlands.

The DWD official said talks are currently undergoing between them and groups of pastors in Region III to intervene and assist some of the Badjaos on how they will be handled and to stop them from coming up to the city.

"We are still working with pastors who are working with the Badjaos in other region,” Armas said.

DSWD in the region tried to help several Badjao families but their residence has yet to be established.

DSWD-CAR is also coordinating now with DSWD Region III to have effective programs that will be given to Badjaos to help them uplift their economic status.

"If we will rescue them, what we will do is to return them to Region 3," Armas said.

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