By Edwin Iyo
Gingoog City — City Mayor Erick Cañosa has ordered the City Social Welfare and Development Office CSWDO and the Gingoog City Police to facilitate in sending the Badjaos back to their hometown.
However, Cañosa said he wants the Badjaos to be treated well before they would be sent back to where they came from.
Cañosa said he has received several complaints about their presence in the city.
According to Joni Socorro Eseos, social welfare officer of the CSWDO, about 39 adults and 20 children in 25 families have been sleeping along the sidewalk near the integrated bus terminal in the commercial area of this city.
Most of the Badjaos come from Zamboanga City and the rest are from Surigao City had been staying here for more than a month, Eseos pointed out.
The Badjaos left the city this week and were escorted by CSWDO personnel and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office on a city government vehicle going back to their hometowns.
The police team headed by Police Capt. Marilyn Pimentel and Eseos, upon instruction of Cañosa distributed food to the Badjaos before leaving the city.
Cañosa also reminded the public that extending assistance or giving money to mendicants as he referred to the Badjaos is in violation of Presidential Decree 1563, the anti-mendicancy law.