• Manila street dwellers to stay in Boystown

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    Street dwellers rounded up in Manila before the start of APEC Summit will not be released from the Manila Boystown Complex in Parang, Marikina City, an official said on Friday. Dr. Arnold Pangan, head of Manila Social Welfare and Development Office, said instead, the 59 families or 265 people are offered work for P4,000 each. The fund will come from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Manila City government owns and operates the Boystown Complex. He said this is part of Mayor Joseph Estrada’s effort to rid Manila of street dwellers. Pangan added another operation to clear Manila streets of informal settlers, including those sleeping at Mehan Garden, Liwasang Bonifacio, the Mabini and Ermita districts, and the Luneta Park will be conducted next week.

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