Core Ideology

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Core Ideology


MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has long been clear about the core values it must hang on to and about the mission it must pursue or the positive difference it must make. It refers to both its core values and its mission as constitutive of its "core ideology."DSWD has been hanging on to these statements as part of its set of core values:"We care for the poor and the disadvantaged.""We recognize their inherent worth, dignity and uniqueness.""We believe in their potential and capacities.""We respect cultural diversity & environment."From these statements it is clear that the department has its heart and mind in the right place. Its focus has always been on the constituency it serves and of the role it must play in trying to tap their potentials, respecting their diversity, and reaffirming their personal dignity. Thus, upon further reflection, DSWD decided to adopt the first of its strengthened core values as "respect for human dignity," which should be taken to encompass all the statements above that the Department remains passionate about.A second strengthened core value that the Department decided to adopt is "integrity," which reinforces and confirms what DSWD has been saying for years: "We adhere to the highest ethical standards of work. "A third strengthened core value is "service excellence," which is an apt summary of two core statements about DSWD beliefs and convictions. These are: "We quest for excellence in all our undertakings"; and "We practice teamwork, collaboration and cooperation."DSWD now has the advantage of having only three strengthened core values, which should be much easier to keep in mind and remember all the time. Moreover, it has underscored and re-affirmed that these three strengthened core values should be understood and taken to cover the same core values it has been espousing and using as basic reference for all its decisions and actions.

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