Follow up post from the post below re the homeless people living at Baywalk along Roxas Blvd.

Finally, the government did something about the homeless people at Manila’s Baywalk. I guess it helps when an issue like this one gets posted in the different blogs including this blog and in the social media websites. It did get noticed. Hundreds of people were sleeping at Baywalk nightly. After the clearing operation done by the City of Manila and DSWD, the homeless people disappeared or are not as many as before. I think they will keep doing the clearing operations until all these street dwellers are all gone for good. I hope the City of Manila and DSWD are taking care of these people though and that they will monitor this place permanently on a regular basis. There’s no more ugly sight and you now feel safer walking around the area especially at night. This is a welcome change for tourists and residents alike.

Palace: Eviction of Roxas Blvd homeless, vendors not part of APEC preps
By: News5
June 6, 2015 7:27 AM

Homeless people sit on the seawall of Roxas Boulevard at sunset

MANILA, Philippines — The eviction of the homeless and itinerant vendors along Roxas Boulevard earlier this week had nothing to do with preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit but is part of a government program to aid the poor, Malacanang said Thursday.

The nighttime clearing operation by the Manila City government turned violent after street people, including children, were suddenly roused from their sleep.

Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the operation was “not part of preparations for APEC” but a continuation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s modified conditional cash transfer program “for street families, families that are exposed to becoming victims of calamities … as well as indigenous people who are here in NCR (National Capital Region).”

A similar clearing operation during which homeless families were taken to a resort in Cavite during Pope Francis’ visit last year was criticized with observers pointing out the irony of allegedly hiding the poor from a pontiff known for his compassion for the downtrodden.

But Valte said the modified CCT has to be continued with the help of local governments to ensure that all intended beneficiaries are covered.

Beneficiaries are given housing assistance after the orientations.

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