Friday, January 31, 2014

Children begging for food in restaurants, to be dealt with by the DOT

Written by Christy Dela Torre

Agencies in the government are looking for ways and means to solve the problem relating to children begging for food in restaurants in Boracay.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Boracay OIC Tim Ticar said that they are currently tackling the matter with the Local Government of Malay, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and even the Commission on Human Rights.

Children from ages 13 to 14, wandering about in food establishments begging for food and or leftovers from customers, particularly tourists, are becoming an eye-sore.

A situation where others begin to question what the authorities are doing about it.

Nonetheless, although the DOT is not taking the matter for granted, Ticar admits, that even the DSWD are having difficulties in controlling these children.

Once apprehended they are also being released right away because they are minors.

In line with this, Ticar advises restaurant owners and managers to drive the children away whenever they attempt to go in or entirely prohibit them to enter their food establishments.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

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