Legazpi City (November 16, 2016) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has discouraged the public from giving cash or gifts to children and homeless people who will be begging in the streets especially this Christmas Season.
In a media interview Tuesday, Sec. Judy Tagiwalo suggested that generous citizens should instead report them to the nearest DSWD office so they could take immediate action.
Another idea, according to the secretary, is to organize gift-giving activities and similar programs for a more positive result to the recipients.
With this, Tagiwalo clarified that it should be in close coordination with their office, a non-government organization (NGO) or the local government unit (LGU).
She explained that the practice of giving alms to these individuals is not only ineffective but also does not directly address the issue of scarcity.
The secretary agreed that most of these people, particularly children, attract danger when they make their way through a maze of traffic in especially in the streets of Manila.
With this, Tagiwalo called on the local governments to closely monitor such activities and take immediate action on the matter.
She also assured the public that the DSWD has sufficient measures in place to assist not only the mentioned marginalized persons but organizations and LGU involved in resolving the problem.
At present, according to Tagiwalo, the DSWD is engaged in a massive information campaign about the matter.
The Philippines is known to have the longest celebration of the Christmas season.
Economists agree that there is a boom in sales during this period.
It is also a time when deprived families flock to urban centers hoping to get a slice of the season’s abundance.
It is the reason why it can be socially observed that there is an influx of these beggars in the big cities of the country.
The DSWD, Sec. Tagiwalo said, has been holding meetings with various stakeholders since September precisely to address this predicament. (J. Garalde)