• MMDA steps up crackdown on vagrants

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    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.

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    1. I wonder what long term solution does the government have for these street dwellers because keeping them in a temporary shelter at boy’s town or fabella won’t make them go away. Those rugby kids are growing up without any future to speak of and their minions are growing. The government should have a concrete program to help these people get back on their feet, not just sweeping them aside for the Christmas season.