Cotabato City—Mayor Cynthia Frances Guiani-Sayadi said the city government is keeping a close watch on gangs involving juvenile delinquents as she ordered auxiliary peacekeepers to invite these minors for counseling.
On Tuesday, Guiani-Sayadi met members of the city council on the need to pass a city ordinance banning the formation of gangs in and out of school.
She said trained social workers have started a continuing process of psycho-social intervention on 30 members of two identified gangs during a dialog in her office, where she also warned parents they could be responsible for the misdeeds of their misguided children.
She said many of the youth-gang members are children of overseas parents from neighboring towns.
The mayor appealed to parents to cooperate with the city government’s drive against juvenile delinquency and young offenses.
City Councilor Florante Formento said in his daily radio program that about 5,000 children and youth from different neighboring towns were involved in juvenile gangs.
Places under watch in this city include cemetery and sanitary landfill grounds as well as abandoned buildings where initiation of young recruits supposedly take place.