DSWD committed to serve this 2010

January 1, 2010 2:03 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 1 –Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral on Friday vowed that her agency will continue to serve the needy members of Philippine society with "commitment and dedication this 2010 and all the years to come."

"As the DSWD celebrates its 59th foundation anniversary in January 2010, its workers will continue to make the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable Filipinos better by providing their needs in times of critical situations and to lend a helping hand,"Cabral stressed.

The DSWD chief also said that one of the agency's priorities is to ensure the steady implementation of the "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps) given its expanded coverage and geographical reach.

Likewise, Cabral said the DSWD aims to strengthen the targeting mechanism through completion of the database of poor households as basis for identification of beneficiaries of social protection programs.

She added the completed database may be utilized by national government agencies (NGAs) for their social protection programs.

"Given the impending elections, DSWD is strengthening its advocacy efforts to inform legislators, and national and local chief executives on the department’s key programs and services, as well as critical legislation pending in Congress concerning social protection and children and youth, persons with disabilities and the elderly," Cabral further stated.

“Local government units, the private sector and non-government organizations have to be engaged at all levels to build the pillars of participatory governance. This is a challenge that the DSWD will have to take on,” she said.

Furthermore, Cabral hopes that the DSWD budget on poverty alleviation and social protection will increase to enable it to serve the millions of Filipinos needing assistance. (PNA)

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