Davao City (DSWD XI) – Despite her hectic schedule, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo graced the recent Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Orientation with her presence at Grand Menseng Hotel.

Together with DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, the secretary gladly welcomed the 63 newly hired Project Development Officers (PDOs) and met with the other existing staffs of the program in a brief visit.

With the amount of budget on hand, Secretary Taguiwalo admitted that the program has to double the efforts of utilizing the downloaded budget before June of this year.

She emphasized the PDOs need to coordinate with internal staffs and build relationships among external partners.

The secretary also encouraged all PDOs to use their “utak, puso, at kamay” as a formula in implementing their proposed projects.

She then generously posed with all the members present who grabbed their phones and requested for ‘selfies’ before leaving the venue.

The Secretary then visited the One-Stop Shop at Southern Philippines Medical Center where the Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa office has been lodged. Earlier, she also attended community events in Maco town, Compostela Valley. (DSWD)