Tan seeks penalty for parents, guardians of children left outside during ‘unsafe hours’
Quezon Province 4th District Representative Angelina Tan is seeking to penalize parents or guardians who leave children alone on the streets during “unsafe hours.”
The Quezon politiko said her proposed measure aims to protect children from the dangers of the streets.
“As such, this bill prohibits parents or guardians from allowing their unchaperoned children to step out of their abode from 10 in the evening to five in the morning,” Tan said.
“We are not penalizing children here. We are prohibiting parents from allowing their children to loiter in unsafe hours,” she added.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is against the proposed measure and instead urges the government to implement the United Nations Guidelines on the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency or Riyadh Guidelines.
But Tan assured the DSWD does not violate the Riyadh Guidelines.
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