Project PEARLS focus its outreach efforts in ULINGAN. Ulingan is a small slum community in Tondo, Manila that sits on a dumpsite and surrounded by charcoal factories that emit toxic smoke; there is limited access to electricity, toilets and sanitation. Children and families have no choice but to live with soot, garbage, mosquitoes, flies, vermin all day and all night. Children as young as three-year olds work in the charcoal factory to help their families. The common meal is "pagpag"(leftover food from fast-food restaurants scavenged from garbage sites) "Pagpag" means to shake away the dirt and maggots in the food.
This Summer 2013, two hundred Ulingan families were relocated to Batia, Bulacan by Philippine's Department of Social Welfare and Development and National Housing Authority. To ensure the successful transition of these families, Project PEARLS is extending its outreach efforts to these families. To learn more about the Philippine government's relocation program, click here.