Mayor Isko: Parents of street children will be held accountable for neglect
Manila Bulletin – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso gave a warning to parents who have minors loitering in the streets. This reminder was due to an inquiry regarding the “solvent boys” in Rizal and Taft avenues.
Domagoso stated, “To parents of minors who let their children loiter in the streets — sniffling solvent, letting them layout in the roads, Taft Avenue — don’t think that I’m not paying attention. One way or another, I will find a way to hold you responsible for not taking care of your young children.”
“One of the main issues that I raised before the MDSWD (Municipal Department of Social Welfare and Development) and to our policemen is to round up all the solvent boys in the streets, Rizal Avenue, in parks and so on and so forth and then bring them to the MDSWD and then to Boy’s Town,” he added.
Domagoso believes that this effort will push the parents to be more responsible. He is also willing to talk to the parents of this children. Together with the local government, the City of Manila will strive to make sure these children will no longer be seen in the streets.
“Alam ko na challenging magpalaki ng anak, totoo yan, lahat naman tayo nakararanas niyan. Pero yung isoga mo nang isoga yung anak mo sa kalye, tapos yung parang balewala na lang lang sa iyo, na bahala na, e tingin ko naman wala namang masama na kung yung mga magulang ng mga batang ito makausap ko ng masinsinan,” he said.