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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

Palace names former Army Scout Rangers chief new DSWD undersecretary

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Retired Major General Rene Glen Paje, who led the First Scout Ranger Regiment during the Marawi siege, reunites with his Army commander now DSWD secretary Rolando Bautista

NEW POST. Major General Rene Glen Paje is appointed as the DSWD's newest Undersecretary. Screenshot from Rappler video

CA confirms Año as DILG chief, Bautista as DSWD secretary

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The Commission on Appointments also confirms 5 foreign affairs officials and the promotion of 43 senior military officers

CONFIRMED. Senate President and Commission on Appointments chair Vicente Sotto III with newly-confirmed Civil Service Commissioner Aileen Lizada, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (third from left), and DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista on February 6, 2019. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

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Jan 30, 2019 - 10:05 PM

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DSWD backs lowering criminal liability age to 12

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'The position of DSWD is aligned with the position of the lawmakers,' says Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, adding that emphasis should be on rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

VULNERABLE. Children's rights groups warned lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility would leave more kids vulnerable to gaps in the juvenile justice system. Photo from Shutterstock

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

COA questions DSWD's P1.85-B disaster response spending in 2017

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Commission on Audit questions the delay in the distribution of funds to disaster victims, as well as the lack of proper monitoring of similar funds

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

DSWD continues Usman response, monitors Mindanao earthquake

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Food packs are distributed to passengers stranded at ports, while its office in Northern Mindanao remains on alert following the earthquake that struck Davao Oriental

DSWD seeks P2.7 billion for new Listahanan

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DSWD's Listahanan helps the government and other groups to focus poverty reduction efforts on those who need assistance most

TARGETED ASSISTANCE. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

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

Lumad students 'rescued' in Talaingod to remain with DSWD

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Police say, because the group of Satur Ocampo and Party-list Representative France Castro could not show proof of the consent of the parents, they were, in effect, 'trafficking' the 14 Lumad minors

DSWD CUSTODY. STTICLC students and teachers inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Duterte fires 3 DSWD execs to give Bautista free hand in forming team

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the posts were vacated so that new Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista could select his own team

FORMER UNDERSECRETARIES. (L-R) Former DSWD undersecretaries Mae Fe Templa, Maria Turalde-Jarabe, Hope Hervilla leave their posts at the DSWD. Photos of Templa, Turalde-Jarabe from Facebook, Photo of Hervilla by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Over 100,000 affected by Typhoon Rosita

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Food packs, sleeping and hygiene kits, are provided to some 49,000 people in evacuation centers

EVACUEES. Residents of Benito Soliven town were forced to leave their houses as Typhoon Rosita neared the area on the afternoon of October 29, 2018. Photo from Isabela Public Information Office Facebook page.

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

4 dead as landslide buries DPWH office in Mountain Province

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:35 PM

About 30 evacuees as well as DPWH employees are in the building, and 4 persons are confirmed dead, says the mayor of Natonin town

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

Drilon to Duterte: Rethink military general's appointment to DSWD

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says President Duterte may instead consider a civilian career official with extensive experience in social welfare for the job

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

Duterte says army chief Rolando Bautista will be DSWD secretary

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) But the President previously said he offered the post of National Food Authority administrator to Bautista

JAL1, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Philippine Army (PA) Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista on the sidelines of the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

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

Benguet rescuers, evacuees ask for 'momma' with relief goods

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Momma, a type of quid made from betel nut, areca leaf, lime powder and tobacco, is one of the insistent requests of evacuees and rescuers in Itogon

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

Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HOAX: P6,000 'monthly' pension for senior citizens

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Social Welfare Department has been providing a pension worth P500 a month – not P6,000 a month – to indigent senior citizens for years

Screenshot of a website claiming that senior citizens can avail of a P6,000 pension per month from the government

Over 13,800 Filipinos in Luzon evacuate due to monsoon

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units provide around P9.16 million in aid to affected residents

DSWD clarifies ‘expired’ food packs for Boracay closure recipients

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:45 PM

A complaint from a netizen prompted DSWD to take action

DSWD condemns 'Showtime' joke about adoptees

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'The words "ampon ka" is discriminatory and has [a] negative connotation. Even if the statement was delivered in a manner of joke and/or for entertainment purpose, the show and the network ha​ve the full responsibility over it,' says DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also begins its cash-for-work program for nearly 1,800 individuals who lost their livelihood due to Boracay's 6-month rehabilitation

TOURIST SPOT. Boracay is undergoing rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered its 6-month closure. File photo by Adrian Portugal

8-year-old 4Ps beneficiary dies while waiting for wheelchair from DSWD

May 31, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The girl, who suffered from hydrocephalus, had been sick for over a week but had to attend the wheelchair turnover ceremony held in Basilan, as required under the government program

WHEELCHAIR TURNOVER. 4Ps beneficiaries claim their wheelchairs from the DSWD on May 30, 2018. One of the recipients, seated at the back, died during the turnover. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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

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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