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PHILIPPINE HOMELESS SHIELDED FROM PUBLIC DURING POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT

MANILA. Philippines - The government on Friday admitted rounding up dozens of destitute people from the streets of Metro Manila and temporarily billeting them to a resort south of the capital.
In radio interviews, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman(photo) said her department gathered poor and homeless people — including entire families — and took them to a resort in Batangas to take them off the streets, document them and provide them with assistance they would require so that they can live productively.
She denied the activity was undertaken to shield the presence of a number of homeless people from the eyes of Pope Francis;who is known for his sympathy towards the poor during the Pontiff’s January 15-19 visit to the country.
“The local government units took families so they would be registered under the government’s conditional cash transfer programme, be provided with orientation, so that they and their children be given the opportunity to study under the alternative learning system programme,” she said.
According to a report by radio station dzMM, the social welfare department booked 70 rooms for poor and homeless families living in the cities of Pasay, Manila and Parañaque. They had stayed there for five days.
Incidentally, these same suburbs are areas where Pope Francis passed during his visit.

Source: The Guardian...More...
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