QC councilors ask police to control street beggars

Published November 10, 2018, 12:42 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Chito Chavez

As the Holiday season nears, beggars have started to mushroom on major thoroughfares in Quezon City, hampering traffic flow while putting the public’s lives at risk.

With this scenario, Quezon City officials urged motorists and the public to refrain from giving alms to beggars and just course their donations to reputable and legitimate charitable institutions.

(PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN)
(PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. said that complaints have reached his office that beggars have started to increase, putting themselves in danger as they cross the streets to beg for alms from passengers and motorists.

Most of the beggars can be found scampering along parts of EDSA, Mindanao Avenue and Circumferential Road 5 while others are handing out envelopes to jeepney passengers asking for alms.

Ferrer, together with Councilors Allan Francisco and Eufemio Lagumbay, have also received complaints that even decent-looking individuals are passing notes on the streets, fast food chains and inside shopping malls asking for donations.

The complaint said that customers mostly in the mall’s food courts eventually give in just to shoo the pesky beggars or donation seekers away.

Reacting to the complaint, Ferrer also scored the act of beggars using infants and toddlers to gain public sympathy even during heavy rains or under the scorching heat of the sun.

“It is very deplorable, month-old-babies being used by beggars to get alms? How terrible,’’ Ferrer said.

Ferrer observed that some had purposely wrapped the infants on tattered clothing to get more sympathy from the motorists.

The Quezon City officials want concerned authorities including the Women’s Desk of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to resolve the use of children in begging.

Ferrer noted that numerous street mendicants purposely position themselves in front of the vehicles to force the drivers to shell out cash or goodies before moving out of the motorists’ way.

“With the high volume of vehicles on the streets, the few seconds delay especially when the green light is on have caused monstrous traffic along the busy streets and intersections of the metropolis,’’ Ferrer said.

 
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