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Pasay City launches operations to keep street children indoors

STARTING Wednesday, the local government of Pasay will launch a rescue operation for street children to prevent accidents as they risk their lives approaching moving vehicles to beg.

Pasay City Mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto expressed concern for the safety of street children as he noted the dangers posed by street caroling and begging to children’s health and safety.

“These children would clamber aboard moving public utility vehicles and bang on improvised drums made of cans and other materials tied together to ask for money,” Calixto said.

He also appealed to the public not to give alms so that the children will not return to the streets.

Rosalinda Orobia, chief of Pasay’s Social Welfare and Development Office, said the rescue operation will be conducted with the help of the Pasay police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Orobia said those who will be rescued will be taken to the Jose Fabella Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Mandaluyong City for identification and documentation before they are sent back to their respective provinces.

“Every December the number of street children goes up and even the Badjaos are wandering on our streets. We will conduct a roundup operation to prevent accidents for they might get run over by speeding vehicles,” Orobia said.

The rescue operation set on Wednesday will focus in Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue-Taft and Gil Puyat areas.

In a related development, the Pasay City government has started the release of Christmas packages to the different barangays to mark the Christmas season. Among those prioritized by Calixto are street children from the different barangays.


In Photo: Thousands of street sweepers from Metro Manila flocked to Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City during the grand Christmas party hosted by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The street sweepers, who received Noche Buena gift packs, were chosen by the state-owned gaming company as beneficiaries for the 11th day of its “Bayanihan: Pamaskong Handog 2012” on December 10. 


        

 

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