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DSWD to help cover funeral expenses for Natonin landslide victims

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also says over 400 people remain in evacuation centers in the aftermath of Typhoon Rosita (Yutu)

ASSESSMENT. Staff from DSWD Field Office in Cordillera Administrative Region are at the ground zero of the landslide incident in Natonin, Mountain Province to conduct interviews and assessments of the survivors and bereaved families of the victims. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

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

Isko Moreno resigns from DSWD, eyes running for Manila mayor

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Francisco Domagoso, more known as Isko Moreno, has handed resignation

QUIT. Isko Moreno was named undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in May 2018. Rappler screenshot

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

DSWD: Lowering criminal age of responsibility 'anti-poor'

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:35 PM

DSWD Secretary Viginia Orogo says this approach 'has never resulted in lower crime rates based on the Philippine experience, and other countries'

CHILDREN VS LAW. Most children who commit crimes come from poor and dysfunctional families.

P134.7 million in aid given to Typhoon Ompong survivors

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says it increased the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DAMAGE. A man examines his house when after it collapsed at the height of Typhoon Ompong's wrath. Photo by Raymon Dullana/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

Over 137,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands remain in evacuation centers

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2

What gov't has done so far to prepare for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activates clusters responsible for ensuring crucial assistance is provided to typhoon-hit areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018 as the country braces for the onslaught of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DSWD on red alert for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development prepositions food and other supplies for families who would be affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from DSWD

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 giving P245,000 in aid to victims of Sultan Kudarat blasts

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says P177,000 was given to those affected by the first blast, while P68,000 will be given to those affected by the second blast

FATAL. Scene at the blast site in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat, on August 29, 2018. Background Photo by AFP

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

Senators slam agencies over high inflation

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says they have to assess how the implementation of the tax reform law should proceed in 2019, given the 'slow' pace of measures to help the poor

INFLATION. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian during the Senate hearing on the TRAIN Law on August 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing 4Ps

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:27 PM

House Bill No. 7773 would mandate the Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program until it covers 60% of all extremely poor households nationwide

HELPING THE POOR. Lawmakers want to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Who's supposed to be in charge during disasters?

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Several government agencies should be carrying out coordinated operations before, during, and after an emergency to reduce risks and immediately respond to victims' needs

EVACUEES. 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

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

Gov't, NGOs give P105 million in aid to monsoon victims

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Evacuees receive assistance in the form of family food packs, sleeping mats, and medicines

EVACUEES. Families who evacuated to Malanday Elementary School in Marikina were provided with tents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 64,000 families return to Marawi – DSWD

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:24 PM

DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo says 64,364 families – from a total of 77,170 – have returned to Marawi City

SHELTER. Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/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

CA upholds dismissal from service of ex-DSWD officials

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Court of Appeals says former Social Welfare officials Mateo Montaño and Pacita Sarino are perpetually barred from entering government service over their involvement in the illegal disbursement of pork barrel funds of Quezon City Representative Vincent 'Bingbong' Crisologo in 2009

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority. File photo from CA website

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

DSWD chief: P2,400 subsidy not enough to shield poor from TRAIN impact

Jun 15, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'Ang sabi po ngayon, na hindi sapat ang tinutulong na P200 a month. Totoo naman pong hindi,' says Social Welfare Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

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

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

DSWD: Relief goods ready for Tropical Depression Domeng

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Domeng continues to have maximum winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

DSWD awards P1B Marawi contracts to suppliers with limited capacity

May 25, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Since the awarding of contracts, however, Tacurong Fitmart, Ororama Supercenter, and Ace Centerpoint have yet to complete the delivery of relief goods, according to a PCIJ report

RUINS. Residents allowed to visit their destroyed houses at the main battle area carry salvageable belongings they collected as they pas a destroyed building in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljbe/AFP

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

'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