CALOOCAN CITY, March 30 (PIA)--The Quezon City government has provided a temporary home to 38 street dwellers, including several individuals who cannot return to their provinces, amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the individuals have been transferred to a facility at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).
"I ordered to convert the facility from a temporary quarantine area into a holding area for street dwellers where they can stay until the end of the quarantine period," said Belmonte.
"After the quarantine period, the local government will give proper interventions to each individual, depending on their situation," she added.
According to Carol Patalinghog, chief of the Welfare and Relief Division of the city's Social Services and Development Department (SSDD), the street dwellers were referred by Barangay East Kamias
"The SSDD has provided all the needs of the occupants like soup kitchen, clean comfort room, partition tents, beds and mobile shower," said Patalinghog.
Patalinghog added that the QC Health Department ensures the well-being of the occupants by regularly checking their temperature.
The SSDD and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) have assigned their respective personnel in the area to ensure the welfare and safety of the street dwellers.
When the quarantine period is over, the SSDD will extend livelihood assistance to the street dwellers and shoulder transportation of those who need to return to their province.
Patalinghog said that social workers are regularly gathering street families roaming the city and providing them shelter to secure them against COVID-19. (QC PAISD/PIA-NC)