AUTHORITIES in Angeles City, Pampanga have rescued 31 street children in a clearing operation conducted Monday night, August 19.
Aside from the minors, two families living in streets were also rescued, said IC Calabuas, chief adviser of Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr.
Calaguas, who personally led the operation, said Lazatin formally launched the program for street kids on August 20, 2019 to reach out and rescue homeless children and families.
Calaguas was assisted by Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Angeles City Police Office-Women's Desk, Gender and Development Office, and Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office.
The 31 minors and two street families were turned over to the CSWDO, said Calaguas, who added that they will be referred to the Tuloy Foundation.
Last August 5 and 7, Lazatin met with Tuloy Foundation president Marciano Evangelista to discuss programs for children at risk.
The mayor vowed to support the foundation stressing the need to rescue and empower out-of-school children.
Calaguas said one of the mayor's programs is to make Angeles a child-friendly city.