By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan called the attention of Baguio City Police Office, the schools, parents, barangays and the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development to work together to put an end to the violent incidents involving youngsters, a few of which reportedly involved the hypebeast groups.
Domogan, asked the concerned department, during the flag raising at city hall, to trace all the members of the groups for the necessary interventions and keep monitoring the activities of the youth and engage them in worthwhile activities to keep them away from all troubles including the “hypebeast” problem.
He said, there are seven hypebeast groups identified but not all of them are engaged in conflict. “Let’s trace them, call their parents and meet with them. I will personally meet and talk to them and hopefully I can help influence their thinking.”
City director Ramil Saccules, said that contrary to reports at the city council, there are only two cases attributed to the hypebeast and the situation is “not that alarming” and is “under control.”
He said the trouble is usually rooted in the clothing brands that the fashion-obsessed groups have apparently allocated for themselves.
Saculles explained, “When they see other youth who are not members of their group wearing branded clothes, pants, jackets, or shoes that were not purchased from their leaders, they bully them and when these youth fight back, then violence erupts.”
He said that since the police cannot charge these erring youth, the city can only subject them to profiling and counseling with their parents through the OCSWDO.
DepEd-Baguio Schools Division Federico Martin, who attended the city council inquiry on the issue the other week assured that the schools are employing interventions to inform parents and students and to monitor and counsel those who are involved.