By Persel G. Esman
without action is mere lip service. Having this in mind, Justice Mar
del Castillo tried to help “our neighbors” languishing
around the CA premises.
got in touch with the DSWD, Paco, Manila, which in turn directed the
Reception Action Center (RAC) to rescue the woman and her three
children. (They are the same family who were featured in the last
issue of the CA Journal.) The good social workers from RAC picked the
whole family up and, being residents of Caloocan City, were
endorsed/referred to the DSWD of said city.
felt good for helping the destitute family. This feeling, however,
turned out to be short lived because few weeks after our humanitarian
deed, we saw the very same family we helped, back on the streets!
Although this time, they no longer roam outside the CA premises but
outside the premises of PHILAM LIFE!
we called the DSWD to verify the whereabouts of “our
neighbors”. We were informed that they were able to “rescue”
the family but released them since they have a house of their own in
Caloocan City. Still, we asked the DSWD to again rescue the family
and help them in any way it can.
wish was granted. The family was again rescued for the nth
time. Unfortunately, the same thing happened…
are times when in our desire to reach out and help others, we will be
disheartened by the reality that these people are simply not prepared
for a change towards a better and dignified life. At least, we have
done our part.