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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

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 to 'rescue' homeless kids, IPs begging in streets during holidays

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The DSWD says it is closely coordinating with local government units on the effort

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

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