By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kicked off its 69th founding anniversary celebration on Monday, highlighting social integration as its major thrust in line with the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022.
One of the highlights of the DSWD celebration will be the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), which is given annually to exemplary performers in the department.
It is designed to encourage creativity, innovativeness, efficiency, integrity, and productivity in the public service by recognizing and rewarding officials and employees for their contributions in the improvement of government operations.
During the celebration, DSWD will also confer loyalty awards to employees and officials who have rendered 10 years or more of faithful government service.
Likewise, stakeholders and partners who have supported and contributed to the implementation of DSWD’s programs, projects, and services will be recognized through the “Panata Ko sa Bayan” or the “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan Awards” to be held on the fourth week of January.