DSWD lays plans to address rising number of street children

admin   •   December 21, 2016   •   8934

A street child  selling Sampaguita leis peers through the window of a car stuck in traffic.  Scenes like this have become a staple on the streets of Metro Manila.


The number of children and families living on the streets continue to increase as the holidays draw near.

In the latest data of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) there are 4,400 street children in Metro Manila alone.

That is why DSWD, together with local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs), have laid their plans to address this problem.

They want to strengthen coordination among agencies involved.

“The efforts assisting our children on the streets would be regular, would have the support of the LGU and different government agencies: DepEd,  DOLE, DTI and DILG, private and NGO,” said DSWD Secretarty Judy Taguiwalo.

Based on their studies, most of the street children are Badjao and Aetas who come from Tarlac, Zambales, Laguna, Batangas, Zamboanga and Jolo, Sulu.  They would rent a jeepney to bring them to Metro Manila.

“By September, they would start preparing to rent a jeepney to bring them here in the wee hours. The sign on the jeepney says ‘educational trip’,” said Noni Metran of Quezon City Social Services Development Department.

According to DSWD, the penalizing of street children’s parents by some LGUs has proved effective. But not all LGUs are implementing this measure.

One of the solutions being considered by DSWD is visiting these vagrants in their hometowns and bringing them gifts and food.

“We can come up with the gift-giving for Itas (Aetas) sa mga barangay na pinagkukunan. They don’t need to come here,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

If anyone wants to report street children, you can directly coordinate with the barangay or call DSWD hotline 931-8101–07. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.

Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).

The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.

The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.

The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC

DSWD mourns passing of former Secretary Dinky Soliman

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has expressed its condolences to the family of former Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman who passed away Sunday, September 19.

In a statement, the DSWD looked back on how Soliman was as their chief.

“Secretary Dinky, as she was fondly called by her colleagues and employees of the DSWD, was a brilliant social worker and a devoted champion of social change,” the statement said.

Soliman was at the helm of the DSWD in two administrations. The first was during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second was under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

She was at the forefront in the implementation of various DSWD programs, “one of which was the development and operationalization of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS.”

Under Soliman, the DSWD championed the enactment of milestone laws, among which are the Magna Carta of Social Workers, Magna Carta for Women, and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

“The DSWD family will truly miss Secretary Dinky.  Apart from her notable accomplishments for the Department, she will also be remembered for her sunflower greetings,” the statement further read.

Ex-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman passed away Sunday morning, September 19. She was 68.

Soliman passed away at 7:32 am due to complications from renal and heart failure.

She was last seen in public at the necrological services of former President Benigno Aquino III last June.

Soliman held the position as DSWD chief twice: first during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second, under the presidency of Aquino.

Prior to joining the government, Soliman was a known civic society leader and activist, being with various non-governmental organizations that take care of poor, underprivileged communities.

Soliman obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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