DSWD spent P38M for camping activities

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COVERED UP A group of urchins attend a Senate inquiry into the rounding up of street dwellers by the DSWD when Pope Francis visited the country. DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted that they brought the children to a resort in Batangas. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

COVERED UP A group of urchins attend a Senate inquiry into the rounding up of street dwellers by the DSWD when Pope Francis visited the country. DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted that they brought the children to a resort in Batangas. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) spent more than P37 million for six camping activities participated in by 5,636 street dwellers in Metro Manila from 2011 to 2015, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted on Tuesday.

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Appearing before a Senate social justice committee hearing, Soliman defended the family camping activities conducted from January 14 to 19 at a prime resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, saying they were part of the DSWD’s program geared toward providing street families activities involving character-building and personal development.

In fact, she added, the agency has been conducting such activities since 2011.

The first activity was on August 2011 at the Manila Boys Town complex in Marikina City (Metro Manila), in which 145 street children took part.

The second was held on December 2011 at Villa Diaz Resort, with 127 street children. The DSWD spent P585,000 and P180,000 respectively, for the events.

On May 2012, the agency started the Pamilyang Pilipino Tanging Yaman ng Lipunan Family camp involving 102 street families from Manila, Paranaque City and Pasay City.

A six-day outing at God’s Family Farm in San Mateo, Rizal, cost around P1.4 million.

Then on November 2012, the DSWD held another family camping, the biggest of the six camping activities, involving 703 street families at Island Cove resort in Cavite.
The activity was divided into three batches and cost P26 million.

Another family camping was held on May 2012, when the Philippines hosted the World Economic Forum on East Asia. A total of 197 families joined the activity costing a total of P4.7 million.

Soliman said the 2012 family camping activities marked the start of the registration of chosen street families to the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program.

The latest family camping was held January 14 to19 this year, where 100 families mostly staying along Roxas Boulevard were taken to Chateau Royale resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The six-day event, which was held while Pope Francis was in the country, cost P4,750,223.

Soliman admitted that the holding of the family camping was part of the preparation of the government for the papal visit.

She said local government units had asked the DSWD to help them come up with a way to temporarily relocate the families living along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard to a safer place.

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6 Comments

  1. 26 million php would build a large number of low cost houses complete with toilets and showers and provide a small gardening area. The Government must have a few hectares of land where they could provide for this sort of social amenity.
    The truth is that they do not want to better peoples living standards or educatuion levels as they will run out of people to ship off overseas as some other country’s slaves
    Many houses could be constructed if the usual corruption related to the supply of building materials could be eliminated. Filipinos always complain about the Govt but they do nothing about it.

  2. well is this not ironic?
    We have the social Welfare spending all these millions!

    -I in fact have to pay 20 peso each for tablet -that i need for a heart problem–\

    This is nothing to what some poor pensioners have to pay for their medication…

    I am sure this is the “tip of the iceberg”

    We would see this sort of spending repeated many times –If this were to be investigated properly

    Health ; education are huge factors in a democracy–Or any country for that matter.

    .We see that this sort of blatant rorting of the system..Going on ,on and on.

    It comes from the people at the top ; The judges lawyers;even doctors–These are the people we expect the highest of ethics from

    Others see the type of behavior;and say to themselves well what if i do it too —So What –look at these guys!

    Someone once said”The rich get richer–The poor get kids”

    David M Meyer MD.DPM PhD.

  3. Sec. Soliman should be investigated and case/s should be filed against her for being not transparent and using the people’s money on such program.

  4. Some smart politicko should ask Soliman what the purpose of the camping activities is or are and what are the proven result(s).

  5. These family camping was just a waste of government funds Secretary Soliman.

    Money is better spent if you teach and train these kids vocational works. This is a permanent solution to the problem.