MMDA to round up kids caroling on streets.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned parents not to allow their children to do Christmas caroling on streets as they will be 'rescued' and turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Amante Salvador, head of the Street Dweller Care Unit, said the agency has partnered with DSWD in an intensified campaign to rid the streets of Metro Manila of vagrants and ethnic street dwellers this Christmas season.
"We appeal to parents to take responsibility and prohibit their children from begging, sleeping and do caroling on major
thoroughfares," said Salvador.
Last week, Salvador said at least 148 street dwellers have been rounded up in Manila City and brought to Boys Town. The agency is also bringing rescued individuals to the Jose Fabella Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Mandaluyong for proper identification and documentation. The MMDA has turned over to DSWD some 300 capsule beds to accommodate more street dwellers.
In Makati City, the local government has a campaign called 'Sagip Tao'' Project aimed to prevent the proliferation of beggars and vagrants by discouraging motorists and the riding public from giving them alms. The Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) is urging the public, especially motorists, to be prudent in giving charity to the poor and choose legitimate channels for their donations, such as charitable institutions and foundations.