TACLOBAN CITY– The city government here continues to campaign to take beggars off the streets.

This was disclosed by Melinda Sagdullas, focal person of the child and youth welfare program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

In particular, Sagdullas cited the Badjaos who are from various parts of the region who come to the city to beg for alms.

She said that most of these Badjaos are physically capable of doing some work but resort to begging for easy money.

Sagdullas lamented that some of them could be violent if they are not given alms.

“They can be aggressive in asking cents for alms. They hit your head, pull out your hair or push you. Some also steal. And some of them pretend to be mentally challenged so that they cannot be put to detention,” she said.