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Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

Boracay residents can now apply for DSWD's cash-for-work program

May 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Displaced workers due to the closure of Boracay may now apply for labor or office work under the Department of Social Welfare and Development's cash-for-work program

LONG LINE. Boracay residents apply for a job in Manoc-Manoc Plaza, Malay, Aklan on April 27, 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Duterte names Isko Moreno as DSWD undersecretary

May 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints Tony Lambino as assistant secretary of the Department of Finance

NEW APPOINTMENT. Isko Moreno is named undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Rappler screenshot

'Uutang muna': For a hair braider, life goes on after Boracay closure

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months

HAIR BRAIDS. Michelle used to braid hair along the shores of Boracay. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

A cook's plight after Boracay closure: From P3,000 to none

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

''Yung pagkain ko ng dalawang beses sa isang araw, isa na lang para makatipid,' according to a cook in Boracay, who also says it would allow him to save money for his children's education

COOK. Hanafi Indar Barani is a cook who moved to Boracay 15 years ago. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Displaced Boracay workers settle for P323/day for 30 days: 'Puwede na'

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront

LONG LINE. Boracay residents who have not been part of the profiling DOLE conducted earlier this year answer forms so they can apply for jobs. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Businesses brace for Boracay closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown

INFORMAL ECONOMY. A kid builds a sand castle with "Boracay" on its facade, earning a few pesos from his handwork. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Gov't assistance during Boracay closure not enough' – residents

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:53 PM

There are complaints that the transportation allowance granted by the DSWD is not enough, especially to those travelling to places far from Boracay

LONG LINES. Residents affected by the closure line up at the operations center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Vietnam donates 200 metric tons of rice to Marawi IDPs

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan hands over the rice donation to Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan in Dalipuga, Iligan City

DONATION. DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan after signing the deed of donation. Photo courtesy of DSWD

Is the government prepared for Boracay's closure?

Apr 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The labor department says it can only hire 5,000 of the 17,000 workers to be affected by the closure

CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo

Ensure assistance to 17,000 workers in Boracay – Legarda

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'It would be best to assess who among those who will be displaced can be hired as workers to carry out the rehabilitation plan,' Senator Loren Legarda suggests

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1.8M 4Ps beneficiaries receive P2,400 each to offset effects of tax reform

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Under the DSWD's unconditional cash transfer program, a beneficiary receives P200 per month in 2018. The subsidy will increase in the next two years.

CASH GRANT. 4Ps beneficiaries receive as much as P2,400 on March 5, 2018 as part of DSWD's program to offset the effects of the tax reform law. Photo courtesy of DSWD

DSWD, other agencies send one of largest food assistance to Albay

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Thirty-six trucks of food packs is expected to reach Mayon evacuees on Wednesday, February 28

DSWD: Low supply of NFA rice will not affect Mayon relief ops

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Should there be shortage of National Food Authority stocks, the DSWD says it will consider purchasing commercial rice, subject to regular procurement rules

DECAMPMENT. Philippine Air Force airman carries a child as soldiers assist the decampment of Mayon evacuees outside the 8-km extended danger zone. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Thinking of adopting a child? Here's how

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Close to 6,500 Filipino children are in need of a permanent home

ADOPTION. Parents thinking of adopting in the Philippines may do so under Republic Act No. 8552 and 8043. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Media groups give aid to Eastern Samar residents

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Over 300 households in Barangay Can-ilay receive goods from the visiting journalists, who are assisted by the DSWD and the military

OUTREACH. Members of the media, along with DSWD and the military bring goods to remote villages in Eastern Samar. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

OIC pushes for regularization of contractual DSWD employees

Feb 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco says COS and MOA employees under projects should be regularized, because their work is not among 'temporary interventions'

RECOGNITION. DSWD OIC-Secretary Emmanuel Leyco recognized employees who had been working for decades in the department during its 67th anniversary on February 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of Department of Social Welfare and Services

Mayon evacuees to receive up to P2,900 for work in February

Feb 02, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Beneficiaries will be paid P290 per day for 10 days of work, depending on the need of the evacuation centers where they are staying

EVACUEES. There are about 2,113 families or 72,441 persons taking temporary shelters after Mount Mayon raised alert levels. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD gives P5 million in aid to LGUs affected by Mayon

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:50 PM

There are now at least 6,459 families or 24,381 persons in 29 evacuation centers in Camalig, Guinobatan, Daraga, Ligao, Malilipot, Sto Domingo, and Tabaco

Farmers in Camalig town till their farmland while the restive Mayon volcano is ejecting lava falling down towards Barangay Miisi, gully in Daraga, Albay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DSWD plans for immediate recovery in case of Mayon eruption

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

According to DSWD, at least 10,405 families or 40,565 individuals in 39 barangays and 7 municipalities in Albay are affected by Mayon's impending eruption

Poor families to get P200 tax reform subsidy starting January

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:25 PM

A total of 10 million families would benefit from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) scheme, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development

INFORMAL SECTOR. The tax reform initiative will hit vendors and small-scare independent traders the hardest. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Kwarta sa Basura' as source of livelihood for 4Ps beneficiaries

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Beneficiaries of 'Kwarta sa Basura' will upcycle waste materials, unwanted products, and other by-products into usable materials

EDUCATE. Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries listening attentively during the discussion of 'Kwarta sa Basura' project. Prhoto from DSWD

[OPINION] Without enough transfers, tax reform law will hurt the poor

Jan 10, 2018 - 5:29 PM

'All in all, the first package of TRAIN was an opportunity to correct many problems that have long ailed our tax system. While a step in the right direction, many of TRAIN’s well-meaning provisions got watered down by politicians.'

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

DSWD thanks #ReliefPH volunteers

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:22 PM

More volunteers are needed. 'Your time is the most precious gift you have given those in need this holiday season', says DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco.

EU provides P34 million in humanitarian aid to Vinta victims

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

'This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta and are in dire need of immediate assistance,' said EU's Christos Stylianides.

EVACUATION. Residents walk through floodwaters as they evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 23, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / AFP

DSWD extends financial aid to families affected by Vinta

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

DSWD distributes cash aid to affected areas in the municipalities of Bacolod Kalawi, Madalum, Wato Balindong, and Tugaya in Lanao del Sur

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60,000 in evacuation centers after Vinta onslaught

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:36 PM

The DSWD gives assurances that its personnel in affected areas are working round the clock, even on Christmas, to attend to needs of evacuees

A MOTHER cries as she was prevented to cross Ysalina Bridge which would lead her to her flooded home as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

DSWD needs 500 volunteers to repack relief goods

Dec 22, 2017 - 6:27 PM

DSWD is calling for volunteers to repack relief goods at the National Resource Operations Center in Chapel Road, Pasay City

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

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Dec 18, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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DSWD, LGUs provide P2.09-M aid for Urduja victims

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided assistance to affected families in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City on December 18, intended for victims of the on-slaught of Tropical Depression Urduja. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

Legarda open to DSWD post after term ends in 2019

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:20 PM

'Can I say, I am thinking about it?' says Senator Loren Legarda on talks she would be the next Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary

DSWD? Senator Loren Legarda says she is open to a DSWD post after her term ends in 2019. File photo from Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

DSWD: Over 220,000 affected due to Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) DSWD says it, together with local government units, has provided P718,995 worth of assistance to those affected by the typhoon

(With baby) Rochel Waniwan, 34, cradles her  3-month daughter as she spends her first storm in the Cogon evacuation center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as residents brace for Urduja’s landfall, Thursday night, December 14. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DSWD eyes lifting moratorium on 4Ps application before Christmas

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Once the moratorium is lifted, around 48,000 additional families may be accepted into the anti-poverty program

MORATORIUM. The Department of Social Welfare and Development eyes to lift the moratorium on accepting new 4Ps beneficiaries before Christmas.

DSWD gives 'homecoming packages' to Marawi families

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will listen to the families and work with them as they recover from the crisis

COMING HOME. Residents of Marawi City are coming home after the clash. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Contractual gov't workers oppose hiring through manning agencies

Nov 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) Job order and contract of service workers will be hired through manning agencies by 2019 under Joint Circular 1 released by the Department of Budget and Management, Commission on Audit, and Civil Service Commission

REGULARIZE. Government workers stage a protest in front of the Department of Budget and Management to call for their regularization. Photo from DSWD-NCR's Facebook Page

Beyond donations, help Marawi victims regain their dignity – DSWD

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:07 PM

DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco says the department is focused on providing sustainable livelihood projects to the displaced families, which would allow them to regain control of their lives

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: The street vendors who were told to 'hide' during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Vendors and street dwellers are told to steer away from the streets for a week or two if they do not want to be rounded up by the police

LOOK: Australian Prime Minister Turnbull visits DSWD warehouse

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have helped the people of the Philippines with the war in Marawi, now we're determined to help you win the peace, and that's our commitment,' says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'

DSWD gives P300,000 in aid to families in flood-hit Cagayan Valley

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:05 PM

At least 17,447 families or 64,659 individuals are affected by floods and landslides in the region

SUBMERGED. Houses in the low-lying areas in Tuguegarao is flooded due to swollen Pinacanauan River. Photo courtesy of Cagayan PIO

Duplicate families in 4Ps cost government P326M – COA

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:42 AM

The amount will be recovered through a payment adjustment system, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DATA ERROR. The amount received by duplicates of the 4P program could have gone to 25,000 other deserving families, according to the Commission on Audit.

Delisting of 1.3-M 'ineligible' 4Ps beneficiaries after validation – DSWD

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:36 PM

4Ps director Leonardo Reynoso says that despite the COA findings, they still need to validate the real conditions of the 1.3 million beneficiaries that have already crossed the poverty line

4Ps. A COA performance audit report finds that 30% of the 4.4 million beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program have already crossed the poverty line.

COA tells DSWD to continue 4Ps ban on accepting new members

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The Commission on Audit advises the Department of Social Welfare and Development to fix its data collection first to screen potential beneficiaries properly

PANTAWID. 4Ps aims to uplift millions of poor Filipino families from poverty. AFP file photo

Robin Padilla leads civic movement for Marawi recovery: 'The battle has just begun'

Oct 27, 2017 - 12:32 PM

The actor and peace advocate launches 'Tindig Marawi', a movement that aims to gather support from individuals, corporations, and organizations for the rebuilding efforts in Marawi City

RECOVERY. An elderly Maranao woman is flanked by her grandchildren in Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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