Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Program up for street, working children
By Bong Garcia
THE Street Urban and Working Children Council (SUWCC) is readying plans and programs to help alleviate the plight of working children and those who are roaming downtown known as street children.
SUWCC Chairman Victor Liozo, who is also the administrator of the Philippine National Red Cross-local chapter, said the plans and programs will be focused on rehabilitating the children, especially the street children.
Liozo said the program will also focus on how to turn the children productive instead of roaming around and being subjected to exploitation.
He said they will tap some of the non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as the local government to help them in their programs.
It has been noted that the number of street children is increasing downtown and some of them could even be seen sniffing solvent.
Liozo said they have recorded so far 300 street children during the series of surveys in downtown Zamboanga.