The Department of Social Welfare and Development is encouraging the public to report sightings of street children roaming around so they can be provided shelter and protected against COVID-19.
DSWD spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao said anyone who sees homeless children roaming the streets can coordinate with the DSWD field office in the National Capital Region or the concerned local government unit to keep these children away from harm.
Dumlao reported that from January to October 2020, the DSWD has given assistance to 49 street children and 51 street families. These street children, she said, were given educational assistance by the department, while the street families were provided with livelihood assistance.
Aside from this, the DSWD is continuously implementing its modified conditional cash transfer for homeless street families. In NCR alone, she said 2,960 homeless families have already benefited from the said program.