DSWD-X Head Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will always be ready to serve the disadvantaged sector of society and vows to take a more aggressive stance to be a leader in social welfare and development.

Thus assured Atty. Aracelli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD, region 10, who talked about the theme “DSWD: Kaagapay at Gabay sa Kinabukasan” (DSWD: Supports and Guides, Hand in Hand, for the Future), during the opening of its 59th anniversary celebration, Jan. 25-29, this year, at Pearlmont Inn, this city.

Solamillo also congratulated the DSWD employees for their having been ranked “first” among 109 government agencies, in terms of compliance to the requirement of the government’s anti-corruption strategy framework by the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC).

“This feat of DSWD, garnered along the areas of education, prevention, deterrence and strategic partnership against corruption, demonstrates the commitment of its officials and employees to the practice of a corrupt-free bureaucracy, which was aptly recognized through a Pulse Asia Survey in 2009,” she said.

She also said DSWD will continue to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Plipino Program (4P’s) in 39 municipalities and cities of Northern Mindanao which had reached out over 63,000 households, last year, and the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction to generate a complete list of poor households in the region.

Meanwhile, she thanked the non-government organizations (NGO), local government units (LGU) and national government agencies (NGA) for their support in implementing laws, programs and projects pertaining to social protection and awarded out plaques of recognition / appreciation to the following entities:

SM Foundation, Inc., Philippine Dental Association, Liceo de Cagayan University, Fuller Life, Tangub City Social Welfare and Development Office, Carmelite’s Missionary Secular, Philippine Information Agency, Region 10, Dr. Fernando Douglas A. Go, Dr. Mercedes Ligamon-Barba, Anna Lorraine Q. Velasquez and Roy T. Almacen.

The Loyalty Service Awards, plus a cash incentive of Php5,000 each, were also given to DSWD employees for their commitment and dedication to public service, namely:

Rosa V. Tecson, 35 yrs. of service, Gertrudes P. Aclo, 30 yrs., Lilia P. Cabantac, Josefa P. Domingo, Marina O. Rosendo, Pablo B. Pasayon and Ninfa A. Rivera, 25 yrs., Marlou J. Bingona, Erminda L. Manrique, Janet B. Ganzan, Ma. Elena A. Palma, Romeo R. Fernandez, Victoria A. Gacasan and Eduardo M. Dalagan, 20 yrs. and Evelyn S. Madrio, 15 yrs.

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob (PIA 10)

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