AS Christmas is just around the corner, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has intensified its campaign against vagrants, mendicants and street dwellers teeming the metropolis.
MMDA Street Dweller Care Unit head Amante Salvador said the agency has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the campaign to get rid of vagrants from Metro Manila streets.
Salvador also warned parents not to allow their children to do caroling on streets as they will be ‘rescued’ and will be turned over to the DSWD.
“We appeal to parents to take responsibility and prohibit their children from begging, sleeping and conducting caroling in major thoroughfares,” he said.
Instead, Salvador encouraged parents to allow their children participate in the gift giving activities of their barangay and local DSWD in their localities.
According to Salvador, they have observed that the number of mendicants and street dwellers—often considered eyesores -multiply in Metro Manila, especially in major thoroughfares during Christmas season.
Just last week, Salvador said at least 148 street dwellers have been rounded up in Manila City and brought to Boys Town facility.
The agency is also bringing rescued individuals to the Jose Fabella Center of the DSWD in Mandaluyong city for proper identification and documentation.