DSWD To give P10k Puhunan Badjao and Aeta Street Beggars this Christmas
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will give P10k “puhunan” to Badjao and Aeta street beggars.
The DSWD has started saving Badjao and Aeta people who go to Metro Manila and other major cities throughout the nation every Christmas to beg on the streets. They will also assist them in running their businesses so they don’t end up back on the streets, according to DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo.
Tulfo claims that they began the rescue effort on November 18 in Metro Manila, where roughly 100 Badjao were saved. Native Americans who were living on the streets were simply given food and a ship ticket back to their homes, according to Tulfo.
The issue, he said, is that they don’t have anything to eat because they don’t have a job or an income in their area. They consequently frequently travel to the National Capital Region (NCR) or large cities to beg.
“Dati-rati kasi ay bibigyan lang sila ng pagkain, bibilhan ng ticket ng barko, at bibigyan ng barya-barya at saka pauuwiin. You do not solve their problem. Ang problema, wala silang makain sa kanilang lugar dahil wala silang hanapbuhay o pinagkakakitaan kaya pabalik-balik sila dito sa NCR o malalaking lungsod para magpalimos,” he said.
Based on the report, each family will receive a food package, a family kit, and hygiene supplies in addition to the $10,000 investment. The rescue of the Badjao and Aeta people will come after the rescue of the street boy, according to DSWD Standard Bureau Undersecretary Denise Bragas, who oversees the operations.
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