Homeless families at
Boystown now being assisted
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 20 -- A team of social workers from the Department of
Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) continues
to assist the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Manila
in providing appropriate services to the homeless families who were brought
to Boystown after a citywide reach out operation last week, which was solely
an initiative of the Manila local government.
Around 24 families or 87 individuals composed of 42 adults and 45 minors are
now temporarily staying at the center. There are also 118 unattached adults.
All of them were reached out during last week’s operation.
Upon coordination with the CSWDO yesterday, the DSWD social workers gathered
the families for an interview and assessment to determine their profile and
the appropriate services that they need. The families will be assisted
according to their needs.
Based on the assessment, the families who have their own houses will be
brought back home. Those who do not have houses will be registered under the
Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF).
Adults who are capable of working will be provided Cash-For-Work. The
children, on the other hand, will undergo play therapy and other kids
activities while at the center.
As of yesterday, 12 families were assessed to be potential beneficiaries of
the MCCT-HSF and two are qualified under the regular Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program. Some 73 adults are currently undertaking Cash-for-Work (CFW)
where they help in cleaning the quarters and the surroundings of the center.
The CFW beneficiaries will receive P360 per day.
The rest are being assessed for other appropriate services or referral to
other government agencies.
Some of the families whose houses were gutted by fire and were forced to
stay on the streets will also be given appropriate services.
The team of social workers also brought 300 family food packs for the
families to ensure their daily food needs.
To keep the families busy, a free training on massage therapy and
haircutting for the adults is being conducted at the center.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that DSWD-NCR will continue to
work with the CSWDO to ensure the safety and welfare of the families.
Based on the Devolution Act of 1991, LGUs have the primary role of assisting
street dwellers under their jurisdiction while the DSWD is mandated to
render technical and resource augmentation to LGUs.
For his part, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also visited the families at the
center to validate reports that they are being detained. He assured the
families that food supply will be enough to cover their stay at the center.