Manila's 'rescued' street families homesick

Homeless people sleep on rocks at a vacant lot near the venues of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
Reuters

Street dwellers rounded up last week by the Manila City government, supposedly because of the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, are pleading to be released from the Manila Boystown Complex in Marikina City, citing poor living conditions and the loss of their livelihood.

Ramona Rodriguez told the Inquirer which visited the facility Tuesday that she and her 9-year-old son Adrian were rounded up on Mabini Street on Nov. 11 by Manila social workers who told them they would be interviewed for the government's Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for families who are either homeless or living in makeshift houses.

Rodriguez, a street sweeper and cash-for-work beneficiary since October, said she told the social workers that she was already enrolled in the programme. However, she and her son were still brought to Manila's Reception and Action Center (RAC) where they were informed that they would be taken to Boystown as "there will be visitors coming [to Manila] for the Apec [summit]."

STREET dwellers rounded up last week by the Manila City government, supposedly because of the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, are pleading to be released from the Manila Boystown Complex in Marikina City, citing poor living conditions and the loss of their livelihood.

Ramona Rodriguez told the Inquirer which visited the facility Tuesday that she and her 9-year-old son Adrian were rounded up on Mabini Street on Nov. 11 by Manila social workers who told them they would be interviewed for the government's Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for families who are either homeless or living in makeshift houses.

Rodriguez, a street sweeper and cash-for-work beneficiary since October, said she told the social workers that she was already enrolled in the programme. However, she and her son were still brought to Manila's Reception and Action Center (RAC) where they were informed that they would be taken to Boystown as "there will be visitors coming [to Manila] for the Apec [summit]."