By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The government is optimistic that the implementation of the online application for travel clearance for minors traveling abroad will significantly reduce the time in processing the certificates.
The online application is now available in Metro Manila, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.
Likewise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the online application for registration, licensing, and accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) is now also open to the public in the three regions.
In a year, the Department processes an average of 41,780 travel clearances nationwide.
By utilizing the e-Services, the public will no longer need to file their applications in person, but can just access the online program via the official DSWD website www.dswd.gov.ph/eservices.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said that the utilization of the online technology to expedite the Department’s public service delivery is in compliance to the Republic Act 11032 or the”Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.”
“We are really trying to bring the Department’s programs and services closer to the people in adherence to the ease of doing business act signed by our President. The issuance of travel clearance for minors traveling abroad is an important program of the Department, which ensures that children are protected from abuse and trafficking,” Orogo explained.
During the program launch, Seychelle Villanueva, a walk-in applicant used the online application terminal and was able to get the travel clearance for her child within 40 minutes since her documentary requirements were complete.
Meanwhile, SWDA-applicants for registration, licensing, and accreditation may just file their applications in their offices with their scanned documentary requirements.
After sending their applications, they will wait for the notification of the assessment results to be done by a DSWD social worker.
Registration, licensing, and accreditation of SWDAs is a core function of the Department which standardizes the implementation of social welfare and development programs by local service providers and social welfare and development agencies.