Cebu City starts rounding up street dwellers

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THE Cebu City Government started rounding up on Wednesday, June 22, minors and adults who chose to live in the city's streets to make a living.

Those rescued will be returned to their respective home provinces.

The City Government is now coordinating with the barangays where these street dwellers belong on what help they can provide to the latter.

The streetchildren who begged for alms from jeepney passengers and passersby, and adults who took shelter in the city's sidewalks have been temporarily placed at the Noah complex in South Road Properties after being rescued by the joint teams from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO); Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) team; and City Environmental Sanitation and Enforcement Team (Ceset), waiting to be brought back to their respective home provinces.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy city director for administration of CCPO, said they conducted the rescue operation, along with Probe and Ceset after receiving an order from Mayor Michael Rama.

Parilla admitted that some of the minors have already been rescued in their past operation but returned to the city to beg for alms.

At present, street dwellers, some of whom are composed of families, sleeping on the sidewalk outside an abandoned or unoccupied building around the city is very visible, especially during the nighttime.

Parilla said families living under the bridge are the next target of their operations.

He said they would also continue to apprehend minors who are caught loitering outside during the curfew hours.

Mayor Rama's Executive Order 163 has lifted the curfew, except for minors, which will still be imposed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (TPT)

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