Pattaya authorities signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a welfare system for homeless people and beggars.
According to Pattaya officials, a survey conducted in 2019 revealed that there were 2,721 homeless individuals nationwide in Thailand. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number has significantly increased to around 3,500 to 4,000 people.
To address this concerning rise, Pattaya officials have partnered with Laem Chabang Municipality officials and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on May 18th. The objective of this collaboration is to develop an effective welfare program that supports homeless individuals and beggars.
The key goals of the program are to ensure these individuals have access to healthcare, improve their social dignity, and foster positive societal attitudes towards them.
As the next step, research will be conducted to determine the precise homeless population in Chonburi. The findings from this research will be used to create plans and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of their lives.