DSWD Central Office, Quezon City
January 29, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledged the vital role of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the country’s nation building as he graced its 69th Founding Anniversary.

In his speech, President Duterte affirmed DSWD’s strong commitment in pursuing policies and programs for poverty alleviation and compassion for the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors, which he considered truly commendable.

“For nearly seven decades, DSWD has been the lead agency of the government in ensuring that Filipinos have equal access to opportunities and are enabled to improve their quality of life in a fair, just and peaceful manner,” the President said.

He affirmed his confidence and high regard for DSWD, saying that the agency will remain committed, patient and compassionate in its vital role of uplifting the lives of millions of Filipinos.

“Since I assumed office in 2016, the DSWD has served over four million poor households through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, and sustained the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Community-Driven Development Program in 830 municipalities throughout the country,” President Duterte stated.

The Chief Executive called on each DSWD personnel to renew their commitment to the shared efforts in the country’s development, saying that one must have the passion for public service, integrity, transparency and accountability to inspire many Filipinos.

This year’s celebration focused on the theme, ‘Social Integration: DSWD’s Major Thrust in Line with Philippine Development Plan 2017-2020,’ and underlined the agency’s efforts and accomplishments throughout the year. The program proper also honored individuals for their valuable contributions to the success of the department.

The highlights of the event included the unveiling of the Malasakit Building Marker and a briefing on the features of the new DSWD Operations Center (OC).

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