By Charissa Luci-Atienza
President Duterte inaugurated on late Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 29) the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) new office building named the Malasakit Building, which seeks to enhance the agency’s operational capacity.
The Malasakit Building, located at the Central Office in Batasan Hills in Quezon City, was launched as the DSWD concluded its 69th Founding Anniversary celebration.
“The new building was constructed to enhance its [DSWD’s] operational capacity by providing additional workspaces and a comfortable environment for its clients and personnel. This will ensure the efficient and effective delivery of services to its stakeholders,” the DSWD said in a statement.
“True to its name, the building is a reminder to all DSWD officials and staff of the real essence of the Department’s mandate, which is to provide genuine, prompt, and compassionate service to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized sectors.”
The DSWD said the new building is crucial as it will house the Operations Group implementing the agency’s pro-poor programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, and Supplemental Feeding Program, among others.
“With this, stronger coordination will be done to improve program implementation, ensuring that the government’s target to reduce poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022 will be achieved,” the department said.
The construction of the Malasakit Building was completed on Dec. 13 last year and was made possible through a partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Bureau of Construction, DSWD said.