DSWD provided literacy, skills enhancement, and character building for streets families in the camp-out activity–Soliman

January 25, 2015 12:24 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 24 –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Saturday that the five-day camp-out activity for the 99 street-families in Batangas resort serves also a way of giving them “social reformation.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that among those activities were modular discussion on basic literacy and life skills enhancement for the adults and character building for the children.

Soliman also said that through the set of modules, the adults were oriented on topics such as understanding themselves as a person and as a parent, the difference between men and women, and family relationships.

Soliman said that such topics were included in the family development session so that parents would know their basic role or know more about their obligation to their wife/husband and children to improve their family relationships and attain a common goal to respect and protect each other.

She said that for the part of the children, lectures and video presentation on personal hygiene, values caravan, and film showing were also discussed to explain to them the importance of good grooming, recognizing their worth and protecting themselves on risky activities or situations.

Other recreational activities, she said, were also conducted as the parents and children applied what they have learned from the activities.

She also clarified that not all street families were taken to Batangas. “Many were still present along Taft and MH Del Pilar, Malate to see the Pope during his 5-day visit to the Philippines,” she said.

“We cannot hide poverty. We cannot hide it from the pope, it’s here,” she again said.

She said that families that were included in the activity comprise of a total of 99 families or 427 individuals from Manila, Paranaque, and Pasay – particularly in areas along Roxas Boulevard to NAIA.

She added that the basic reason for the activity was for the registration of the said families to the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF).

She also said that somehow the activity had also helped in ensuring the safety of the said children who could have suffered discrimination and some forms of abuse due to strong congestion of people wanting to see Pope Francis.

She also said that the program was patterned after Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), which aims to provide a complete package of assistance to street families, including responsive shelter programs, with access to social services, and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

In the National Capital Region, some 2,479 families have already been registered in the MCCT-HSF since 2012 which piloted in 2013.

She also said that the government’s aim “is to get the street dwellers off the streets, give them decent shelter and employment/livelihood opportunities to ensure that they are given a fighting chance.”

“There are no legal means to get people off the streets, but we believe that majority of street dwellers will change their lives once provided with a little help,” she further said.

She also said that it was important that the street families would feel and recognized that the government was treating them humanely and giving them assistance through the programs created for them.(PNA)

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