Alabang Bulletin got an email from a concerned resident regarding the beggars in the intersection of Madrigal Ave./Alabang-Zapote Road recently. Here is her email:
I would also like to ask what the Ayala Alabang village head or local government is doing about the street children and beggars in front of Ayala Alabang and along Madrigal Avenue.
First of all, it is not safe for these people to be there. Considering there are small kids which you can hardly see, it is like an accident waiting to happen.
Secondly, these people eat on the streets and throw their garbage on the sidewalk. I am hoping that the Ayala Alabang village will have some kind of program to help these people so that they do not succumb to begging and loitering near the village entrance.
We were lucky enough to have Barangay Ayala Alabang chairman Ruben Baes (through the kindness of Jol Espiritu-Cruel) to address the matter.
Here is his reply:
“I am not aware of the position of Ayala Alabang Village Association. However, the city orders the apprehension of these street children and that their parents are to be penalized for allowing them to roam the streets. Barangay Ayala will strengthen its efforts to immediately apprehend street children along Madrigal Ave starting today.
Sadly, there is no concrete program in place to deal with these children. As we have discovered in the past, those we have apprehended aren’t really ‘street children’ in the sense that they all do permanently live in our neighboring areas but are simply placed along Madrigal Ave by ‘professional’ groups. Apprehending them will simply take them away from the area for a while, only for them to return soon after.
But rest assured that we will continue to consult and coordinate with the Muntinlupa DSWD on how to handle this matter better. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
Again, we would like to thank barangay chairman Ruben Baes for his prompt reply and action and hopefully the streetchildren in the area as well as those in the surrounding areas can be removed from the streets and placed where they should be–in their homes, at school or anywhere far away from danger.