Department of Social Welfare and Development Celebrates Its 58th Anniversary
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a proactive agency of the government in responding to the welfare needs of the citizenry, celebrates it 58th anniversary with the theme "DSWD: Mabilis, Mahusay, Nagkakaisang Tunay.''
Over the last 58 years, the DSWD has been a constant ally of the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged. Formally established in 1951 with the merger of the Social Welfare Commission (SWC) and the President's Action Committee on Social Amelioration (PACSA), the DSWD became a full-fledged department in 1968 and has since seen many re-organizations, most significantly the devolution of a number of its functions to local government units in 1991. Unburdened by its traditional social welfare work, the DSWD has, however, taken on both significantly ameliorative initiatives with its special programs and projects that complement the devolved services. The DSWD recently proved its responsiveness through the efficient and effective implementation of conditional cash transfer programs that protected the poor and vulnerable from suffering any further from the unexpected global food and oil price crisis.
The DSWD continues to rise above the challenges. DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral urged everyone at DSWD to be prepared to meet these challenges head-on and strengthen efforts in rendering timely and appropriate service so that the department will continue to enjoy the trust and confidence of the people that the DSWD is mandated to serve. …