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By ANGELA CASCO

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While it’s true that staying at home minimizes the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19-causing virus, the reality for many is this—not everyone has a house they can call their own.

This is especially true for street dwellers. For them, a house to come home to is a privilege and a safe haven they can’t afford to have.

In response to this, De La Salle University (DLSU) has opened its doors to accommodate Manila’s homeless during the enhanced community quarantine.

In a Facebook post on the university’s official Facebook page, street dwellers are seen lying down or sitting on mattresses one meter apart from each other, likely in accordance to social distancing instructions.

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A total of 61 individuals, including women and the elderly, are taking shelter at the second floor of the school’s Enrique Razon Sports Center, the post adds.

It’s an initiative of the school, in partnership with Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) through their KAin, LIgo NG ayos (KALINGA) Program.

The campus will remain open until the quarantine, which has placed the whole Luzon region on a lockdown, is lifted.

SVD is also open to accepting donations in kind to provide the basic needs of the school’s temporary occupants. Financial donations for food, medicines, and health kits are also accepted through this account: AJ KALINGA FOUNDATION, INC. |Asia United Bank (AUB) | AUB Peso Savings Account no.: 082-11-000496-2

For financial donors, DLSU is also asking that deposit slips be sent to lasallianmission@dlsu.edu.ph for proper documentation.

(Photos from the DLSU Security Office)



Source: Manila Bulletin

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