DSWD provides social protection services to 32,693 clients in 2009

January 1, 2010 2:03 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 1 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral announced that the relief agency has provided social protection services to 32,693 people in 2009.

Social protection services are center-based and rendered in facilities referred on a daily basis or during part of the day.

Cabral said that clients of these facilities are abandoned and neglected children, street children, children in conflict with the law, girls and women in especially difficult circumstances, older persons, persons with disabilities and persons with special needs.

The centers provide social, homelife, educational, psychological or psychiatric, economic productivity or skills training, socio-cultural, recreational, dental or medical, and spiritual services.

In 2009, the DSWD served 32,693 clients through its 62 residential care facilities, with 1,396,698 person days of care; and 2,438 clients in seven non-residential facilities with 130,782 person days.

Cabral said community-based services consist of preventive, rehabilitative and developmental programs.

Through these, the DSWD served 68,336 individual clients. (PNA)

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