The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday (January 5) renewed its commitment to the Filipino people in providing stronger social services that will be able to adapt with the changing socio-economic landscape this 2024.

According to DSWD Asst. Secretary for Legislative Affairs Irene Dumlao, who is also the agency’s co-spokesperson, the DSWD’s budget for 2024 amounting to Php245 billion will be used to fund existing social welfare and development programs and services, as well as implement agency innovations on digital transformation.

“Under the leadership of DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian, the agency will focus on the development  and deployment of automated systems for its priority frontline services,  streamline benefit disbursement, and promote financial inclusion,” Asst. Secretary Dumlao said.

For 2024, the Department will also prioritize the retooling of its existing programs to be more inclusive and adaptive to the changing needs of target beneficiaries. Among the programs that will be retooled are the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Program, the Tara Basa! Tutoring Program, the Oplan Pag-Abot Program, and the Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program (FSP).

Under the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), the DSWD will continue its provision of interventions to graduating and exiting 4Ps beneficiaries, in partnership with local government units (LGUs), and monitor their level of well-being to ensure that they will not slide back to poverty.

In terms of capacity building, the Department looks forward to the full operation of the DSWD Academy this year to capacitate LGUs and social welfare agencies in their provision of social protection services, which will in turn, advance the practice of social work and community development in the country.

Asst. Sec. Dumlao said the DSWD will also be launching the Buong Bansa Handa Program, a new disaster preparedness program that will bolster the existing disaster supply chain of the government through public and private partnership.

Apart from its new disaster preparedness program, the DSWD will also boost its disaster response and management operations as it  is set to inaugurate the new Disaster Response Command Center (DRCC), a centralized hub that will operate 24/7 for disaster monitoring, reporting, data and information management, and relief efforts between the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices, the  agency co-spokesperson said.

“Through these programs, the Department assures the public of a stronger and more efficient delivery of social welfare and development services that will be able to uplift the lives of Filipinos in need this 2024,” Asst Sec. Dumlao said. #