Give at least 5 current programs of DSWD and explain each program on how it help in addressing the social problems?
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is mandated by law to
develop, administer and implement comprehensive social welfare programs designed to
uplift the living conditions and empower the disadvantaged children, youth, women, older
persons, person with disabilities, families in crisis or at-risk and communities needing
With the passage of Local Government Code in 1991, the delivery of most basic
services was devolved to the Local Government Units. On the other hand, the department is
mandated to do policy and program development, standard setting, technical assistance and
monitoring functions to Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Government Organizations
(NGOs) to effectively implement Social Welfare and Development (SWD) programs in target
areas as reflected at EO 15 s. 1998 “Redirecting the Functions and Operations of the
DSWD”. Through authorizing SWD agencies to implement SWD program and deliver
service, DSWD extends its mandate and share responsibility and potential liability for all
clients that these agencies serve. Therefore, DSWD has the responsibility to oversee the
implementation of SWD programs and services at all levels being the primary agency on
SWD. It is for this purpose that these guidelines on program supervision is issued so that
SWD agencies are guided by DSWD, including its own facilities to efficiently and effectively
manage cases of disadvantaged individuals, groups, families and communities and learn
from and develop skills in the process.
With the mandate of DSWD to monitor and provide technical assistance to SWD
service providers or duty-holders nationwide through its Field Offices, program supervision is
seen as a means of helping them deliver their respective mandates, as pointed out above,
and improve the services for the target clients in center and community-based settings
hence, these guidelines.
II. Legal Bases
1. Republic Act No. 4373 as amended by RA 5175 – Regulating the Practice
of Social Work in the Philippines – Provides that no social work agency
should operate unless registered with the DSWD.
2 Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, Chapter 2,
Section 17 – Consistent with local autonomy and decentralization, the
provision for the delivery of basic services and facilities shall be devolved from
the National Government to provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays so
that each LGU shall be responsible for a minimum set of services and facilities
in accordance with established national policies, guidelines, and standards.
3. Executive Order 15 s. 1998 “Redirecting the Functions and Operations of
the DSWD” as amended by Executive Order 221 (2003) defined the
mandate, roles, powers and functions of the DSWD – The Department
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(DSWD) is mandated to provide assistance to local government units (LGUs),
non-government organizations (NGOs), other national government agencies
(NGAs), people’s organizations (Pos) and other members of civil society in
effectively implementing programs, projects, and services that will alleviate
poverty and empower disadvantaged individuals, families and communities for
an improved quality of life.
4. Administrative Order 11 series 2007 “Revised Standards on Residential
Care Services. – The DSWD is the primary government agency responsible for
caring for marginalized and disadvantaged sectors of society. As such it sets
standards and provides consultative services to enable institutions,
organizations and persons engaged in social welfare activities both in public
and private settings to comply with said standards and monitor compliance.
5. RA 9344 “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006” It covers the different
stages involving children at risk and children in conflict with the law from
prevention to rehabilitation and reintegration. The Department of Social
Welfare and Development shall ensure the effective implementation of this Act
and coordination among other government agencies and other institutions
focused on juvenile justice and intervention programs.
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