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DSWD cluster gets ISO certification anew; continues to strengthen efforts on quality management

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) General Administration and Support Services Group (GASSG) continues to earn the nod of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for meeting the global standards in general administration.

GASSG successfully completed the annual surveillance audit conducted by third-party certification body, SOCOTECH Certification Philippines, Inc., on November 10, 2020 in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Services that have been ISO-certified under GASSG include the Administrative Service, Human Resource Management and Development Service, Procurement Management Service, Legal Service, and Finance and Management Service.

GASSG provides leadership, staff expertise, and strategic support in managing physical infrastructures, assets, financial resources, human resources, procurement activities, and other logistical requirements in a manner that is transparent, accountable, proactive, results-oriented, and value-adding to the stewardship of DSWD resources.

Apart from GASSG, DSWD Field Office Caraga has also completed its annual surveillance audit conducted in January. Meanwhile, DSWD Field Office I and the DSWD National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau will also be undergoing their annual surveillance audits before the end of the year.

Other clusters under the DSWD Central Office and all Field Offices are also gearing up towards being ISO-certified.

As the lead agency in social protection, DSWD emphasized that it continues to pursue excellence in service delivery by implementing a quality management system that is aligned with the latest international standards.

The Department explained that its pursuit for ISO certification is an affirmation that it continues to improve its systems and processes to deliver a maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo for the sectors that it serves. ###

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DSWD speeds up provision of relief aid to LGUs during disasters

To ensure the efficient and speedy delivery of aid to communities affected by various forms of disasters, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has streamlined the process of providing relief assistance and basic services to these calamity-stricken areas.

DSWD Field Offices can now release food and non-food items to local government units (LGUs) even without an official request from local chief executives or administrators as previously practiced according to existing disaster laws.  The release can be made based on the official recommendation of DSWD field workers who conducted on-the-ground assessment and validation.

Likewise, the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA)  and official reports of the National Office of Civil Defense can serve as basis for immediate release of relief aid, depending on the magnitude of the disaster as assessed by the Regional Office of Civil Defense  and concerned agencies. RDANA is a disaster response mechanism that is used immediately in the early emergency phase to determine the extent of impacts and assess the priority needs of the communities.

The DSWD Secretary, Undersecretary of the Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG), or the Assistant Secretary of the DRMG, upon their assessment, can also direct the delivery of food and non-food items to the LGUs for distribution to the affected families.

Meanwhile, the Department also clarified that project proposals are still needed for the implementation of early recovery and rehabilitation interventions such as the Cash-for-Work (CFW) program and the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) as provided by existing laws, rules, and regulations.

CFW is a short-term intervention program that provides temporary employment to affected individuals by allowing them to participate or work in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation, or risk reduction projects in their communities or in evacuation centers.

On the other hand, the ESA provides financial assistance to augment the resources of affected families for their acquisition of shelter materials required in constructing or repairing their damaged houses.

As lead agency in social protection, DSWD assured the public that it will continuously strengthen and improve its systems and procedures to ensure that those needing help will be efficiently and immediately assisted. ###

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DSWD does not hold raffle draws, warns public against fake FB posts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) denied that it is holding raffle draws or giving away cash prizes online and warned the public against fake Facebook posts promoting such activity.

This came in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts claiming that DSWD is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program. According to a report received by the Department, the posts are phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.

DSWD urged the public to only refer to the Department’s official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.

The Department appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated on social media by unscrupulous individuals. ###

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