Mandaue City Cracks Down on Begging to Ensure Public Safety

Mandaue City Councilor Jennifer Del Mar leads efforts to strictly enforce a 2011 ordinance prohibiting begging in public places and business establishments. The city aims to ensure public safety by rescuing mendicants and discouraging the practice.

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Mandaue City Cracks Down on Begging to Ensure Public Safety

Mandaue City Cracks Down on Begging to Ensure Public Safety

Mandaue City Councilor Jennifer Del Mar is leading the charge to strictly enforce City Ordinance No. 12-2011-639, which prohibits begging in public places and business establishments. The ordinance, passed in 2011, aims to prevent road accidents and ensure public safety in the city.

Why this matters: The enforcement of this ordinance has significant implications for public safety, as it addresses a common issue that can lead to accidents and disrupt daily life. By cracking down on begging, the city can improve the overall quality of life for its residents and visitors.

The ordinance prohibits giving to and soliciting by mendicants of cash or any material goods in public places and commercial establishments. Violators will be issued a citation ticket and shall pay a fine of P200 or render community service for eight hours. Del Mar's resolution, passed on May 13, 2024, asks the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) and the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) to ensure the implementation of the ordinance.

Del Mar expressed concern that beggars are becoming more aggressive, with some even jumping onto jeepneys to solicit donations. "Nakita namo sa kadalanan ba, nag anam na pod sila og kadaghan. Before man gud atoa na na sila giuli pero nangbalik na sad sila. Unya sa ila'ng kadaghan last time naay hapit gyud maligsi." (We've seen them on the streets, they're becoming more aggressive. Before, they would just stay in one place, but now they're roaming around. Last time, there were almost accidents.), said Del Mar.

She noted that most beggars are not from Mandaue City, and their presence on the streets poses a risk to their safety and the safety of others. Del Mar urged the public to refrain from giving money to mendicants, as it only encourages them to continue begging on city streets.

In addition to the anti-begging ordinance, Del Mar also authored a second resolution, passed on May 13, seeking the strict implementation of an existing ordinance that prohibits dispatching and the presence of "watch your car boys" on the streets. She cited that their presence on the streets poses traffic hazards and may result in accidents.

The MCPO and TEAM personnel will be responsible for rescuing mendicants and sending them back to their hometowns. The city government will prioritize the safety of these mendicants and discourage the public from giving money to them to prevent the practice from continuing. With the strict enforcement of these ordinances, Mandaue City aims to ensure the safety and well-being of both residents and visitors on its streets.

Key Takeaways

  • Mandaue City Councilor Jennifer Del Mar pushes for strict enforcement of anti-begging ordinance.
  • Ordinance No. 12-2011-639 prohibits begging in public places and business establishments.
  • Violators face P200 fine or 8 hours of community service.
  • Beggars are becoming more aggressive, posing risks to themselves and others.
  • City aims to ensure public safety and well-being by enforcing anti-begging and anti-dispatcher ordinances.