20 homeless street families receive own houses

“I AM happy that our family will now live in a real house. Our own house. Before, Carreta cemetery used to be our dwelling place,” a beaming Arlene F. Ramirez, 32, said in Bisaya.

Arlene recalled that she was two years old when her parents made the graveyard their home. Having a family of her own and watching her children grow, she promised to herself that one day, she will find a decent home for her children as she knows that graveyards are not conducive places to raising children.

Arlene is one of the 20 Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) partner-beneficiaries who now own a decent home in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.

Through the MCCT, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has provided rent subsidy for a maximum of P4,000 per month up to 12 months.

During the house blessing, DSWD 7 Assistant Director for Operations Grace Q. Subong said she was glad to see the beneficiaries occupy the house they rented through the subsidy from MCCT.

Subong thanked Pagtambayayong Foundation Inc. for helping DSWD achieve its goal in addressing the problems on street-dwelling homeless families and help them rise from their situation with dignity.

Pagtambayayong agreed for a rent-to-own scheme for a pilot group of 20 beneficiaries. The foundation also taught them how to make chorizo, a type of pork sausage, in order to augment their income.

The MCCT covers poor families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Currently, there are 539 active partner-beneficiaries of MCCT, which are homeless street families.
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