DSWD chief delivers final social development report to Filipinos

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista reports to the people on the achievements of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster under the Duterte administration at the Duterte Legacy Summit on May 30 at the PICC in Pasay City.

As part of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) Final Report at the Duterte Legacy Summit on May 30-31, Cluster Chair and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Rolando Joselito Bautista, shared the main contributions of the Department to the achievements of the current administration in social development.

With a myriad of successes and milestones from the Duterte administration, the HDRPC final report presented by Secretary Bautista included some DSWD initiatives that complemented the cluster’s gains in improving the quality of life of Filipinos.

In his speech, the Secretary also highlighted that the 37 member agencies of the HDPRC have adhered to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to serve the people with compassion in an effort to promote positive social change.

“Malasakit or compassion will prevail and guide us in developing policies and programs for the benefit of the Filipino people,” said the HDPRC Chairman.

Led by the Presidential Office of Communications Operations, the Duterte Legacy Summit was the culminating activity of the Duterte Legacy Caravan which aimed to showcase a summary of the outgoing administration’s accomplishments.

Reduce poverty in the country

Following President Duterte’s zero to ten point socio-economic agenda, DSWD has achieved many triumphs in poverty reduction through its core strategies as well as social protection.

One of the major contributors to this is the institutionalization of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program through the passage of Republic Act No. 11310 or the 4Ps Act. Since President Duterte signed the law in 2019, the program has been expanded with an annual budget allocation.

“This has resulted in approximately 830,000 self-sufficient households that are ready to exit the program,” Secretary Bautista said.

Mitigating the socio-economic effects of the pandemic

With the threats brought on by the pandemic, the Department has stepped up its efforts to reach poor, vulnerable and marginalized sectors and intensified its programs and services to help mitigate the underlying effects of the lingering crisis on Filipinos.

Considered a pandemic milestone, the DSWD implemented the largest social betterment program in the country’s history through the Bayanihan laws. According to the secretary’s report, about 23 million families have been supported with aid worth 195.4 billion pesos.

“These efforts have ensured that no one will be left behind, especially those who have been hit by unemployment due to the unprecedented pandemic,” the secretary said.

DSWD’s Commitment to Duterte Legacy

“As the administration’s term ends June 30, I am confident that Duterte’s legacy will live on through the millions of lives he touched and transformed,” Secretary Bautista said.

The Department, as a member agency, will stick to the mandate of the HDRPC which is to translate the gains of good governance into means to improve the welfare of Filipinos through continuous investment and the creation of opportunities in education, health, social protection, gender equality, and poverty reduction.

The DSWD is committed to expanding social welfare programs and support to its target sectors aimed at making every Filipino well-nourished, educated, healthy, safe, disciplined and self-reliant, as envisioned by President Duterte.

Joel C. Hicks