|Gray-haired street dwellers listen as a Kaibigan Ministry worker shares a message from the Bible.|
Aling Idad is living her final days on the streets of Baclaran, Paranaque City, having drifted away from her family. She and dozens of other homeless senior citizens are a common sight outside the nearby Catholic shrine.
Angel Diel, worker of the Kaibigan Ministry which reaches out to street dwellers, says dozens of homeless elderly street dwellers choose to live on the streets of Baclaran where "malakas ang diskarte" or where it is easy to find ways to avoid going hungry. Baclaran is both a shopping mecca and home to the prominent Redemptorist Church. Throngs of shoppers and devotees can be expected to share a coin or two.
Several graying street dwellers from this area have been brought to the Kaibigan Center in Pasay for medical treatment and one elderly woman has been brought to the Kaibigan resettlement village in Nueva Ecija where she can live the rest of her life in a peaceful rural setting.