CEBU

Briones: Moving on

On the go

I THINK I have said everything that needs to be said about the matter so I will therefore move on.

No need to flog a dead horse, so to speak, although the Cebu City Government did round up another group of street dwellers during a second surprise operation starting at dawn on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office; Cebu City Anti-Mendicancy Office; the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Services and the Environmental and Sanitation Team went around sidewalks of the downtown and midtown areas and this time rescued a total of 170 individuals.

I know. The word makes me retch and even cringe but the government has been using it when they go after minors, women and, this time, street dwellers.

I understand that they’re just trying to be politically correct, but how can they ever address the problem if they sugarcoat it and make it sound so trivial?

It seems to me that it’s all for show.

I’m pretty sure women who provide sexual services don’t give a hoot whether they’re called sex workers or prostitutes. As to about being rescued, they’d probably scoff at the idea. Arrested, yes. Rescued? Ha!

Because, you see, if the government truly wanted to get them off the streets, then it would make sure to get rid of the conditions that put them there in the first place.

So please. Don’t act all surprised that the individuals you “rescued” are back right where you found them afterwards.

Like, duh!

Again, I’m sure none of these people told their classmates and teacher during show and tell that they wanted to be living on the sidewalks or giving handjobs for a pittance when they grew up.

I mean, who does?

At any rate, I’m glad that the Cebu City Government has stopped trying to come up with lame excuses to justify the recent roundups.

There was no more talk of trying to protect street dwellers from getting the novel coronavirus. No mention of the Department of the Interior and Local Government directive to remove them to prevent infection.

Although I’m still miffed that it continues to blame the increase in their numbers on the Yuletide season. As if the months of lockdown have had no effect on these people’s lives.

With that said, let me also point out that the Cebu City Government is doing something about the problem. Apart from taking the profiles of the rescued individuals, that is.

According to the latest report, it is offering free livelihood training and skills program through the Department of Manpower Development and Placement.

Although I don’t see how, considering any form of mass gathering is prohibited under quarantine protocol. Perhaps it is distributing modules or conducting these seminars through the Zoom app.

Perhaps.


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