Councilors ask QC police to control street beggars
As the Holiday season nears, beggars have started to mushroom on major thoroughfares in Quezon City, hampering traffic flow while putting the public’s lives at risk.
With this scenario, Quezon City officials urged motorists and the public to refrain from giving alms to beggars and just course their donations to reputable and legitimate charitable institutions.
Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. said that complaints have reached his office that beggars have started to increase, putting themselves in danger as they cross the streets to beg for alms from passengers and motorists.
Most of the beggars can be found scampering along parts of EDSA, Mindanao Avenue and Circumferential Road 5 while others are handing out envelopes to jeepney passengers asking for alms.
Ferrer, together with Councilors Allan Francisco and Eufemio Lagumbay, have also received complaints that even decent-looking individuals are passing notes on the streets, fast food chains and inside shopping malls asking for donations.
Ferrer also scored the act of beggars using infants and toddlers to gain public sympathy even during heavy rains or under the scorching heat of the sun.
“It is very deplorable, monthold-babies being used by beggars to get alms? How terrible,’’ Ferrer said.