Department of Social Welfare and Development DSWD - updates

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LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program distributed by DSWD at the Baseco Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lawmakers berate DSWD regional directors over delays in aid distribution

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells DSWD regional directors that not following the policies ordered by their superiors could be seen as 'insubordination'

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's emergency subsidy program distributed by DSWD on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DSWD suspends government internship program for 2020

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The government's internship program, which allows the youth to experience working in public service, is postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic

RELIEF. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ng Barangay Maybunga council members, together with youth volunteers, help give relief goods to residents in the barangay on May 26. File photo by Martin Louise Tungol

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

DSWD eyes distribution of cash aid for 2nd tranche this week

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:09 PM

After failing to give out the cash aid in May, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista says the DSWD has already prepared the guidelines on the distribution of the second tranche of the financial subsidy

CASH AID. File photo of Cavite residents waiting for the distribution of cash aid. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Caraga completes distribution of emergency subsidy to non-4Ps families

May 10, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development lauds the local government units' efficient implementation of the emergency subsidy program in the Caraga region

CASH AID. The DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the social amelioration cards of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. Photo from DSWD Caraga website

Families of OFWs affected by coronavirus qualified for DSWD subsidy

May 10, 2020 - 11:10 AM

DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy

QUARANTINE. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hundreds of Navotas residents waive P4.5M worth of DSWD coronavirus benefits

May 02, 2020 - 10:18 AM

‘We will request for DSWD’s permission to replace the names of the beneficiaries so that 575 low-income families will have an opportunity to avail [themselves of] the program,’ says Mayor Toby Tiangco

NAVOTAS. The facade of the Navotas City Hall. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

'Walang konsiderasyon': Despite illness, PWD made to claim subsidy at DSWD office

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Roy Moral, who struggles to walk without feeling immense pain, shares how he had to be wheeled to the local DSWD office in a stretcher just so he could receive his emergency subsidy

STRUGGLE. Roy Moral, a person with disability, recounted his experience of having to be wheeled to the local DSWD office just to receive aid. Screenshots from Roy Moral's Facebook post

Rappler Talk: Ex-DSWD chief Dinky Soliman on assessing the emergency subsidy program

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman says collaborative, evidence-based, and empowering approaches would greatly impact aiding the poor in the coronavirus lockdown

May emergency subsidies to be delayed if LGU fails to report April payouts – DSWD

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As of April 22, only around 31% target beneficiaries have received emergency subsidies from the DSWD

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: P57-B 'balance' in DSWD subsidy even if all families get coronavirus cash aid

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The computation used here does not consider that the P200-billion emergency subsidy covers two months and is given only to the target 18 million low-income families

Barangays ordered to publish names of residents eligible for DSWD cash aid

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says this is needed for 'transparency purposes' and to protect barangay officials

EMERGENCY AID. Assistance under the emergency subsidy program is given to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DSWD takes down posts on donation drive permits, looks to waive fees

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:46 PM

After public clamor, the DSWD takes down its advisory reminding the public to secure donation drive permits. It is also studying whether to automate the process and waive application fees.

Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

195 cities, municipalities still can't access DSWD emergency subsidy

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:22 PM

They still have not done the proper paperwork, Malacañang says in its latest report to Congress on the government's coronavirus response

CASH AID. People line up for the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

DOJ: Early release of sick, elderly prisoners ordered before virus crisis

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Justice says it ordered the release of old and sickly prisoners even before the coronavirus outbreak. Groups say these vulnerable inmates remain behind bars.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Duterte chaos leaves barangay officials 'helpless' amid lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Barangay officials cry for help in providing relief packs and dealing with confusing messages and guidelines from the administration

RELIEF PROBLEM. Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD hotlines as of April 2020

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development can be reached through its main hotline 8-951-2803

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD admits 'shortcomings' in emergency fund distribution

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) DSWD chief Rolando Bautista says they thought local governments could easily come up with lists of target beneficiaries, but it turns out they 'did not memorize' profiles of their constituents

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Paano maaaring tumanggap ng tulong mula sa emergency subsidy program ng DSWD?

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(6th UPDATE) Kasama ba ang pamilya ko sa dapat makatanggap ng tulong pinansyal ngayong coronavirus lockdown? Paano maiaabot sa amin ang tulong na ito?

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DSWD: P100-billion subsidy ready for distribution to 18 million poor families

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says the Department of Social Welfare and Development has 'full control and supervision' of the emergency subsidy program funds

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TRACKER: DSWD assistance during coronavirus crisis

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:48 PM

(6th UPDATE) DSWD's main responsibility under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act is to expedite the distribution of food assistance to the most affected residents

CASH AID. Transport drivers line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 13, 2020, to withdraw financial assistance from the government's emergency subsidy program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD suspends activities of some safety net programs to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Activities that require social contact in programs such as the 4Ps, unconditional cash transfer, emergency shelter assistance, and sustainable livelihood program are suspended from March 15 to April 14

COA to DSWD: Pay Landbank's P82.72 million in unpaid 4Ps service fees

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:31 PM

COA adjusts the payout figure to Landbank to a lower amount compared to the original claim of P87.05 million and the amended claim of P92.27 million

DSWD 'ready' if Taal Volcano eruption extends for months

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Emergency cash transfers and livelihood assistance are among the forms of aid that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would provide in the long term

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD: Food enough in evacuation centers; focus now on hygiene kits, rehabilitation

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Anton Hernandez says it's past the crucial period, so those who want to help can do so in the rehabilitation of affected communities

REPACKING. Volunteers repack rice grains at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020, to be distributed to displaced families after the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

As per the Anti-Child Pornography Act, internet service providers are mandated to report to the police any obtained knowledge of child porn distribution or access using their servers

REMOTELY DAMAGING. 80% of children are at risk of being sexually exploited online. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

DSWD signs implementing rules for laws on adoption, gov't feeding programs

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The laws provide for absolving adoptive parents from tampering with their child's birth record, and institutionalizing government feeding programs bringing healthy meals for undernourished schoolchildren

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

COA tells DSWD to clean list of social pension beneficiaries

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that only qualified beneficiaries are under its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

How a La Union town transforms drug surrenderers into productive citizens

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:44 PM

In La Union, a town helps former drug dependents to renew their lives and become microentrepreneurs after rehabilitation

DSWD assures fishermen of sunken boat 'continuous assistance'

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will continue to assist the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver until 'they have fully recovered from the incident and are able to live normal lives'

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The DSWD assures the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver it will provide assistance to them and their families until they can fish again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DSWD chief sets conditions for accepting Erwin Tulfo’s apology

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Erwin Tulfo will have to place media advertisements announcing his apology, and should donate to 19 organizations identified by DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista

DSWD CHIEF. Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista addresses the DSWD Pamana Peace Conferece in November 2018. Photo from DSWD

COA flags unbuilt temporary shelters in Ormoc after July 2017 earthquake

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The process of constructing the temporary shelters is so slow that the permanent housing units are expected to be completed first

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the magnitude-6.5 earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

DSWD opens government internship program for 1,360 youth

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Under the program, interns will have to render 30 working days of service which will start on April 15 and end on May 29, 2019

File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DSWD gives livelihood assistance to over 35,000 Marawi families

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development provides P10,000 to P20,000 each to families affected by the Marawi siege who are now seeking to put up small businesses

ASSISTANCE. Families displaced by the Marawi siege are among the priority beneficiaries for livelihood assistance of the DSWD. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte taps ex-Malabon vice mayor as DSWD undersecretary

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:28 PM

President Duterte also appoints new members of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation Board of Trustees – Michelle Aguilar-Ong and Lucille Malilong-Isberto

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DSWD assures beneficiaries increase in subsidies despite reenacted budget

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:18 PM

10 million households are scheduled to receive raises in cash subsidies to help them cope with the impact of the tax reform law

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 from the government to help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

P12.5 million in aid given to victims of Tropical Depression Usman in Bicol

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The region was among those hit badly by Usman, which triggered heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides

ASSISTANCE. Residents in Bicol affected by Tropical Depression Usman were given food and non-food items as part of assistance from the government. Photo courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Lumad kids 'rescued' in Talaingod back with parents – DSWD

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it has returned 12 of the 14 children in its custody to their parents after the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 8 ordered it

FIRST NIGHT. Students and teachers pictured inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Over 50,000 remain in evacuation centers due to Rosita

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The affected residents come from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Eastern Visayas

ASSISTANCE. Hot meals are given to residents in regions affected by Typhoon Rosita. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Bautista says military experience 'advantage' in new DSWD post

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:05 PM

In his first official appearance as social welfare secretary, Bautista fends off criticism of 'growing militarization' in government

DSWD SECRETARY. Newly appointed DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista at the agency's forum on the Panatawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on Friday, October 19. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

FAST FACTS: Who is incoming DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista?

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:00 PM

From guarding the President to commanding the Philippine Army, retiring Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista continues to hold key positions in the Duterte administration

NEW DSWD SECRETARY. Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista was appointed as secretary of social welfare and development by President Duterte on Thursday, October 4. File photo by Rappler

Naga, Cebu, landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

DSWD announces new hotline

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:53 PM

All messages sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development's old text hotlines will no longer be received