NINE minors who live on Cebu City streets were rescued by the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) over the past few days.
DSWS chief Lea Japson said the minors were brought to the Parian Drop-In Center.
“These kids are mostly 10 years old and below,” she said.
Japson said it will be better for the minors to be housed in the center because their basic needs like food, clothing and shelter will be provided.
Japson said they will seek the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 in taking care of the minors.
During their operation, Japson said they first rescued four siblings in the North Reclamation Area after they received reports about their presence.
Japson said they interviewed the siblings and learned that their parents are in jail due to drug cases.
“There is really no parent present there to take care of them because their mother and father are both in jail. Sometimes, a friend of their parents will visit them and from time to time, their aunt will give them food but she never really committed to take care of the children,” Japson said.
When they don’t have food, Japson said the siblings beg on the streets.
Another five minors were rescued by the DSWS on Osmeña Blvd. and B. Rodriguez St.
As for the minors who still have parents, Japson said they were brought back to their homes. (RVC)