DAVAO CITY – Authorities here expressed worry on the safety of the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are here in the city for Christmas.
They said the dangers that IPs might face while staying in the city include accidents on the streets and being victimized by human traffickers who might exploit them and offer jobs elsewhere.
An estimate of 1,220 IPs are currently housed at Tugbok Gymnasium in Mintal.
In a Philippine Information Agency dispatch, Chief Inspector Ireneo Caburnay, chief of the Tugbok Police Station considered deploying more policemen to secure the IPs’ safety during their stay in the city.
Meanwhile, social workers urged the parents to secure their young children especially when crossing the streets.
This was issued after Linggona Batawi-Aliboy was seriously injured in a road accident last Sunday. He sustained a fractured leg after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing the pedestrian at the national highway in Tugbok District. The victim was rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. (davaotoday.com)