DSWD commends uniformed personnel’s contributions in promoting social protection

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, Field Office X Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, and Lieutenant Colonel Jenny De Mesa pose for a souvenir photo after the awarding of the Salamat po Awards on March 25. (DSWD)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista conferred the Salamat Po Award to the uniformed officers of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City in recognition of their valuable contributions in the delivery of the programs and services of the agency.

Bautista expressed his gratitude to the uniformed personnel who shared the same goal of uplifting the conditions of the marginalized and vulnerable sectors, and for working tirelessly in helping the DSWD to ensure that services reached the intended recipients.

“All our accomplishments in 2021 would not have been possible without the support and help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Office of the Civil Defense, and other security agencies in protecting and assisting the DSWD payouts in all our programs, especially the Social Amelioration Program, Conditional Cash Transfer, and the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens,” he said during the awarding ceremony on March 25.

The Salamat Po Award is given to the DSWD’s development partners and volunteers in recognition of their assistance in the delivery of the social protection services of the department.

The award is also in acknowledgement of achieved goals and the established best practices of various partners.

The members of the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Air Force have been among the allies and partners of the Department in promoting its advocacies and initiatives.

Their major contributions include the provision of storage facilities and warehouses for food and non-food items, logistical support during disasters and calamities, assistance during rescue operations, and security during payout activities, especially in the geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas in Mindanao.

During his visit to the regional office, Bautista also led the unveiling of the marker of the four-storey newly constructed Kalambuan building that will prevent workspace congestion and address the basic health and safety protocols during the pandemic.

In addition, DSWD Field Office X launched its first-ever Digital Citizen’s Charter, a digital-friendly kiosk that will allow the Field Office’s clients to easily navigate their needed information.

These activities were the highlights of the Field Office’s 71st Anniversary celebration with the theme “Napapanahon na Pagtugon sa Suliranin ng Taong 2022 Kabalikat ng Katatagan ng Bawat Pilipino.”