- For DSWD, there are other ways to help other than giving alms to street dwellers
- They also believe that asking for alms is not a good way to earn or become one’s livelihood
- DSWD urges the public to take part in providing comprehensive services for them
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reminded the public once again not to give alms to the children and families on the street this Christmas season. KAMI learned that according to Philippine Star, DSWD believes there are other ways to help those who are in need.
“We appeal to our kababayans especially here in Metro Manila not to give alms to children and families on the streets, as this will perpetuate their beliefs that it is OK to ask for alms and that it is a good way to earn,” said DSWD Spokesperson Glenda Relova.
“We understand that during Christmas season, people give extra love and care. They are more generous as this is the season of giving. But let us not give alms. We believe it is not the best solution,” Relova stated.
The DSWD Spokesperson said that there are some Aetas and Sama-Bajaus who go to Manila to ask for alms and make it as their livelihood.
DSWD also suggested that instead of giving quick cash, people could help in their advocacy campaign ‘#HelptheHomelessPH’.
“What we also encourage is for the public to help us in developing programs for street dwellers and to give to our centers, non-government organizations and other charitable institutions that provide comprehensive services for street children and families,” said Revola.
As previously reported by KAMI, there were young street dwellers who throw acids to the cars of the motorists who do not give alms to them.
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