Monday, September 29, 2014

Penalties for beggars in Boracay, now rolling in SB Malay

Posted September 29, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The ordinance to establish an organized system to control the proliferation of beggars in Boracay Island is now rolling in the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Malay.

SB Member and Chairman of the Committee on Laws Rowen Aguirre discussed the said ordinance on his committee report recently during the 28th SB Session of Malay.

It was stressed that beggars in Boracay and in the town of Malay will be charged penalties as soon as the resolution is passed.

On the other hand Aguirre said that it this will undergo for a committee hearing and their plan to invite officials from Human Rights and other concerned agencies.

Meanwhile, experts say that mendicancy or begging can lead to a crime, aside from unclean and sick beggars can be harmful to people’s health. 

It also lowers the dignity of those who are used by the syndicates, a reason why the former President Ferdinand Marcos imposed the Anti-Mendicancy Law of 1978 against street beggars.

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