Issue of November 10, 2019
Mt. Province
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DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to children, IPs
by DSWD release

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has appealed to the public anew to refrain from giving alms to street children, homeless individuals, and members of indigenous peoples’ groups.

This is pursuant to Presidential Decree 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law, which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

Instead of giving alms, especially during the Christmas season, DSWD advised the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers of local government units to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

Together with LGUs, the DSWD operates and manages community-based child-friendly spaces or activity centers where street children can play, learn, eat, bathe, and socialize as they are monitored and cared for by social workers and volunteers.

DSWD works with LGUs, which are the primary responders in addressing the needs of street dwellers, by providing them with technical assistance and resource augmentation to efficiently and effectively deliver their services to the marginalized and poor sectors of society.

Through its field offices, DSWD provides programs for street dwellers under the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families, and Indigenous Peoples, especially Sama-Bajaus.

The program features an integrated approach in responding to the needs of the street children and their families, and Sama-Bajau members with the ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of their vulnerabilities and mendicant activities.

DSWD also implements the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF), an expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program that caters to families living on the streets.

Benefits under the MCCT-HSF include education and health grants, access to social services, economic opportunities, and rent subsidy from six to 12 months or depending on the capability of the household-beneficiaries to improve their living condition. A total of 201,526 homeless families are included in the program as of July 31.

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