MMDA, DSWD round up over 600 street dwellers

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IN a move to weed out Metro Manila of “eyesores,” over 600 street dwellers along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard have been rounded up by the joined forces of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD).

According to Amante Salvador of the MMDA’s Street Dweller Care Unit (SDCU), the rescued 620 street dwellers are composed mostly of adults.

He said that they have turned Roxas Boulevard as their homes and area to earn a living.

The rescued street dwellers will be offered social protection services by the DSWD to prevent them from returning to the streets again.

Among the social protection services include “balik-probinsya assistance” program, educational and livelihood assistance and cash for work program. Those who have been rescued were taken to the Jose Fabella Center in Mandaluyong City, a halfway house for homeless people run by the DSWD.

While some women were brought to the sanctuary, some dwellers who have mental illness were sent to the National Hospital for Mental Health, and the minors were brought to the Nayon ng Kabataan, a shelter for street children.

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Ma. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman sought the help of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over the alarming street families along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard.

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