The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the agency mandated to care, protect and rehabilitate that segment of the population which has the least in life in terms of physical, mental and social well-being.
However, with the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991, some basic services and facilities have been devolved to the Local Government Units, as follows:
“Sec. 17 Basic Services and Facilities.
- … They shall discharge the functions and responsibilities of national agencies and offices devolved to them…
- Such basic services and facilities include but not limited to the following:
iv…. Social Welfare services which include programs and projects on child and youth welfare, family and community welfare, women’s welfare, welfare of the elderly and disabled persons; community-based rehabilitation programs for vagrants, beggars, street children, scavengers, juvenile delinquents, and victims of drug abuse, livelihood and other pro-poor projects, nutrition services and family planning services.
The local Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) is given the role and responsibility to deliver the aforementioned basic social welfare services to the municipality. A social welfare officer handles the MSWDO.
- Emergency Assistance
- Women’s Program
- Child and Youth Program
- Elderly and Disabled Program
- Marriage/Counselling Service
- Referral Service