DSWD mourns passing of former Secretary Dinky Soliman

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2021   •   362

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.

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

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.

Duterte removes authority of one LGU to distribute cash aid

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte has taken away the authority of one Metro Manila local government unit to distribute cash aid due to its “disorganized” mayor.  The President did not name the LGU concerned.

“May isang siyudad lang dito na ang tao naghintay lang ng direksyon kung papaano. But I think it is the mayor who has a disorganized mind,” Duterte said during his taped public address on Monday (August 9).

For this reason, he has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to take over the task of distributing financial aid to the unnamed LGU’s constituents.

“I ordered your department [DILG] and itong [DSWD] na kayo na ang magbigay ng mga ayuda pati ‘yung mga kung anong maitulong sa national government sa local government units na walang alam, na hindi marunong mag-organize ng mga distribution and it only results in disorder,” he said.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last week released P10.8 billion to fund the cash assistance for low income households affected by the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The Metro Manila mayors agreed to begin the distribution on August 11 and were given 15 days to complete the distribution to their respective constituents.

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