DSWD commends contributions of uniformed personnel in promoting social welfare – Manila Bulletin

Rolando Joselito Bautista, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, Director of Office X, and Lt. Col. Jenny De Mesa pose for a souvenir photo after the presentation of the Salamat po Awards on 25 March. (DSWD)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista presented the Salamat Po Award to uniformed officers of the 4th “Diamond” Infantry Division, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City in recognition of their valuable contributions to the delivery of the agency’s programs and services.

Bautista expressed his gratitude to uniformed personnel who shared the same goal of improving the conditions of marginalized and vulnerable sectors, and for working tirelessly to help DSWD ensure that services reached intended recipients.

“All of our accomplishments in 2021 would not have been possible without the support and assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard, National Coordinating Agency Intelligence, Bureau of Civil Defense, and other security agencies to protect and assist DSWD payouts in all of our programs, especially the Social Betterment Program, Conditional Cash Transfers, and Social Pension for People destitute elderly,” he said at the awards ceremony on March 25.

The Salamat Po Award is given to DSWD development partners and volunteers in recognition of their assistance in the delivery of social welfare services in the department.

The award also recognizes achieved goals and established best practices from various partners.

Members of the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force have been among the Department’s allies and partners in promoting its advocacy and initiatives.

Their main contributions include the provision of storage facilities and warehouses for food and non-food items, logistical support during disasters and calamities, assistance during rescue operations and security during payment activities, in particularly in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of Mindanao.

During his visit to the regional office, Bautista also led the unveiling of the marker for the newly constructed four-story Kalambuan building which will prevent workspace congestion and address basic health and safety protocols during the pandemic. .

Additionally, DSWD Field Office X has launched its first-ever Digital Citizen Charter, a user-friendly digital kiosk that will allow Field Office customers to easily navigate to the information they need.

These activities were the highlights of the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the field office with the theme “Napapanahon na Pagtugon sa Suliranin ng Taong 2022 Kabalikat ng Katatagan ng Bawat Pilipino”.



Joel C. Hicks