By Erma Edera
Around 2,625 minors have been rescued by the Manila Police District (MPD) since Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso declared strict implementation of curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the nation’s capital.
Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) chief Re Fugoso said out of the 2,625 minors, six minors were found to be third-time violators.
The minors as well as their parents were penalized with 72 hours of community service, Fugoso said.
The MDSW chief said some were ordered to join cleaning activities at the Bonifacio Shrine in Lawton, while others were ordered to join cleaning activities in their respective barangays.
From September 2 to September 20, the highest number of rescued minors was recorded by MPD Station 1 in Balut, Tondo with 458 minors.
It was followed by Station 2 in Moriones, Tondo with 463; Station 5 in Ermita with 425; Station 6 in Sta. Ana with 265; Station 3 in Sta Cruz with 236; Station 4 in Sampaloc with 201.
At least 146 rescued minors were listed by Station 10 in Pandacan; 132 at Station 7 in Jose Abad Santos; 125 at Station 9 in Malate; 94 at Station 8 in Sta Mesa; and 61 at Station 11 in Meisic, Manila.
The MPD Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) also rescued 19 minors during the same time period.
Last Sept. 2, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed the memorandum implementing City Ordinance No. 8547 or the ordinance establishing protection and discipline hours for children and wards in the nation’s capital.
Under the memorandum, individuals who are below 18 years old are prohibited from loitering, wandering or standing by in public areas within Manila from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
All village chiefs in Manila were ordered to strictly implement City Ordinance No. 8547 in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Members of the Manila Police District were also asked to enforce the order.