The Department of Interior and Local Government has forwarded to the Commission on Elections Bacolod Field Office the list of barangay captains and kagawads in Bacolod City, who are now on their third terms and can no longer seek reelection on October 28.
Acting Bacolod Local Government director Glenn Guzman yesterday said there are 11 third-termer barangay captains and 68 kagawads in Bacolod City who can no longer seek re-election.
The 11 graduating barangay captains are Degie Tanista of Alangilan, Ricardo Danoy Sr. – Handumanan, Elmo Olivar – Pahanocoy, Rufino Alcala – Punta Taytay, Andre Victor Las Piñas – Villamonte, Sammy Gaitan Sr. – Brgy. 1, Anthony Jose Ayco – 15, Madeline Diaz – 18, Albert Tagorda – 21, Lope Ledesma Jr. – 24, and Elvira Arcobillas – 30.
Guzman said their function is limited only to information dissemination to ensure an honest, orderly and credible election.
Meanwhile, Guzman said they have discussed plans to enforce the anti-mendicancy program of the city in relation to the celebration of the MassKara Festival in October, during the Peace and Order Council meeting yesterday.
He said they tried to come up with a solution for removing street children and Badjaos from the streets, which they will later present to the Mayor for his consideration.
Guzman said they have discussed the implementation of the Anti-Mendicancy Ordinance and the need to review the Children’s Code, which does not have provisions for mendicancy.
To remove street children from the streets, a crisis center to accommodate and rehabilitate them and provide them good programs especially in education should be put up, he said.
Councilor Ana Marie Palermo said the city is not ready to come up with a comprehensive program to address the problem of street children and mendicants like the Badjaos for financial reasons.
They need to establish a facility like the “Boys Town” that will involve manpower, education and other components, Guzman said.
Palermo said they have identified several facilities in Bacolod, like the Balay Pag-asa behind the Bays Center, that needs renovation to be used as a temporary shelter for mendicants, and the construction of the Bacolod Youth Home at the Arao relocation site in Vista Alegre intended for children in conflict with the law, or rugby boys, which had been started by the previous administration.
The Social Development Center serves as a temporary shelter for street children. They also plan to maximize the use of the Home for the Blind for mendicants, including persons with disabilities, she said.
Palermo also appealed to the public not to give alms to mendicants and the Badjaos to break the cycle. If no one is giving them alms, they will stop begging, she said.
Some were provided livelihood but they returned to the streets to beg for alms, she said. They are also planning to implement the curfew for minors after the MassKara Festival and barangay elections in October, she said.*CGS