As the lead agency in social welfare and development, the Department exercises the following functions:
- Formulates policies and plans which provide direction to intermediaries and other implementers in the development and delivery of social welfare and development services.
- Develops and enriches existing programs and services for specific groups, such as children and youth, women, family and communities, solo parents, older persons and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs);
- Registers, licenses and accredits individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in social welfare and development services, sets standards and monitors the empowerment and compliance to these standards.
- Provides technical assistance and capability building to intermediaries; and
- Provides social protection of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector, DSWD also gives augmentation funds to local government units so these could deliver SWD services to depressed municipalities and barangays and provide protective services to individuals, families and communities in crisis situation.
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
The Regional Director has the authority and the responsibility for the exercise of the mandate of the Department and the discharge of its powers and functions, and thus shall exercise supervision and control of the region; she shall be on the lead in the executive determination of policy plans, in the direction, coordination, and supervision of administrative, technical / operational, and developmental activities of the region in the most economically effective management of resources and cost effective utilization of fund.
The Office of the Regional Director (ORD) consists of the Regional Director and the Assistant Regional Directors, together with personnel in their immediate offices; while the ORD proper is composed of the Regional Director and her direct staff; along with the one man team Internal Audit Section (IAS), the Regional Information Officer of the Social Marketing Section (SMS), and the Legal Counsel of the Legal Section.
- INTERNAL AUDIT UNIT
Assists the Management on its compliance to the five (5) general objectives of the internal control: safeguarding of assets; checking of accuracy and reliability of accounting data; ensuring economical, efficient and effective operations; compliance with laws and regulations; and adherence to managerial policies.
- SOCIAL MARKETING SECTION
The Social Marketing Section is responsible for undertaking advocacy, social marketing, publicity, and networking activities which embody the vision, mission, and goal of the Department to promote social change and to nurture relationships of DSWD with its publics and stakeholders.
- LEGAL UNIT
The Legal Unit is primarily responsible for providing technical assistance and legal support to Regional Director. It assists the Regional Director by handling administrative cases involving Department personnel and certain litigated cases, by providing the Department legal opinions and advice on matters involving its formal mandate and the exercise of its official powers and functions, and by rendering similar and related services.
- POLICY AND PLANS DIVISION
Policy and Plans Division (PPD) provides leadership in the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and plans of the Department and of the social protection sector along social welfare and development and social safety nets; coordinate and facilitate inter-office, inter-bureau, and inter-agency meetings and other bilateral agreements relative to the monitoring of compliance to regional and international commitments / instruments in line with social protection particularly on social welfare and social safety nets; coordinate the development and promotion of the Department’s policy reform and legislative agenda and in conducting basic and policy researches; and provide leadership and / or secretariat support to various technical working groups (TWGs) and interoffice bodies within and outside the Department.
- POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING SECTION
Provide leadership in the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and plans of the Department and of the social protection sector along social welfare and development and social safety nets; coordinate and facilitate inter-office, inter-bureau, and inter-agency meetings and other bilateral agreements relative to the monitoring of compliance to regional and international commitments / instruments in line with social protection particularly on social welfare and social safety nets; coordinate the development and promotion of the Department’s policy reform and legislative agenda and in conducting basic and policy researches; and provide leadership and / or secretariat support to various technical working groups (TWGs) and interoffice bodies within and outside the Department.
- NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD TARGETING SECTION
The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan is a management information system that identifies who and where the poor are in the whole Central Visayas. The system guarantees the generation and establishment of a socio-economic database of poor households and gives human face behind the statistics.
- INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SECTION
Responsible in determining and recommending necessary, cost effective infrastructures and systems that enhance the FO’s competency for ICT governance; to serve as the service manager for the ICT systems and infrastructure through a mainstreamed approach; to serves and works across divisions, units / sections, programs and services, centers and institutions of the Field Office to sustain the productive application of ICTs to social protection and social welfare and development programs, projects, administration and services; and to fosters the efficient and effective use of ICT by the Field Office by providing advice, tools, information and services to help in the use of ICT to improve administration and service delivery — often referred to as e-government.
- STANDARDS SECTION
The Standards Section is responsible for implementing the regulatory and quality assurance roles of the Standards Bureau at the Field Office level.
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS
Leads in the development and management of social protection programs and services, and in orchestrating the effective implementation of core poverty reduction programs such as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP thru various strategies and approaches; and responsible in facilitating the convergence effort of the Department in coordination and collaboration with other DSWD clusters, line agencies, and other concerned offices / organizations.
Provides technical and administrative support to ensure complementation of its core programs and strengthen collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to maximize results.
- CAPACITY BUILDING SECTION
Enhances the competencies of intermediaries and stakeholders of DSWD in performing and achieving its goals as lead in the social welfare and social protection sector.
- PROVINCIAL SWAD TEAM
Provides technical assistance and resource augmentation to the devolved and retained community based program / services for the vulnerable sectors such as, children in need of special protection, youth with special needs, women in especially difficult circumstances, persons with disability, older persons, disadvantaged families and communities at risk; to empower and move them to a situation where they are active participants in their development at the provincial level.
I. PROTECTIVE SERVICES DIVISION
- INSPECTORATE COMMITTEE
Lead in the assessment of centers / residential and nonresidential care facilities along areas of Administration and Organization, Program Management, Case Management, Helping ‘Strategies / Services / Interventions and Physical Structure and Safety through the National Inspectorate Committee as basis for action of duty bearers and stakeholders towards achieving “centers of excellence.”
- CRISIS INTERVENTION SECTION
Provide protective services for the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals and families in crisis and in difficult situation and communities in difficult circumstances due to disasters and calamities and are needing assistance to recover or rehabilitate.
- COMMUNITY-BASED SECTION
Provides technical assistance and resource augmentation on the devolved and retained community based program / services for the vulnerable sectors such as children in need of special protection, youth with special needs, women in especially difficult circumstances, persons with disability, older persons, disadvantaged families and communities at risk, to empower and move them to a situation where they are active participants in their development.
- Supplementary Feeding Program Management Office
Provides technical assistance to LGUs on the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program in order to improve and sustain the nutritional status of identified malnourished children in Day Care Centers and other Child Development institutions.
- Social Pension Program Management Office
Manages and coordinates with LGUs on the implementation of Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens in order to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens.
- Adoption Resources and Referral Unit
Ensures placement of children needing alternative parental care either temporary or permanent.
- Minors Traveling Abroad
Ensures the special protection of children against abuse, exploitation, and discrimination
- CENTER-BASED SECTION
Oversees, monitors, and provides technical assistance to center heads and staff providing residential care and center-based services in the performance of case management of the residents and clients.
DSWD Centers and Institutions: Home For Girls (HFG), Regional Center for Women (RCW), and Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY).
II. PROMOTIVE SERVICES DIVISION
Ensures efficient and effective operational linkages with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and KC-NCDDP, and other national programs of the DSWD within the region through a responsible planning, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluation.
- SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Manages the implementation of sustainable livelihood programs and projects and to lead the Department’s efforts in establishing linkages and networks for potential partners.
- KALAHI-CIDSS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Coordinate and manage KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP implementation and serves as the counterpart of the NPMT at the regional level.
- PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Executes all plans, policies, tasks, and activities in the implementation of the CCT and MCCT program and ensure the operation of the program systems and procedures through its five major units and five support units.
- DISASTER RESPONSE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Leads in the planning, coordination, and monitoring of all disaster response efforts including the provision of augmentation support to LGUs during disaster or calamity in the form of relief, rehabilitation, and recovery services in accordance with RA 10121, also known as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act for 2010.
- Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Section
Leads in the provision of disaster relief, rehabilitation, and recovery program, projects, and services at disaster stricken local government units.
- Regional Resource Operations Section
Ensures the availability, accessibility, and readiness of resources, food and non-food items, and administrative support necessary before and during disaster operations at all levels.
- Disaster Response Information and Management Section
Establishes and maintains database and ensure operationalization of DROMIC reporting system on important and critical information relative to disaster response, relief, and rehabilitation operations in coordination with the DRRMC.
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATION
Provides leadership, staff expertise, and support in the management / administration of financial resources, facilities and the physical structure, personnel requirement and administration, supplies and other logistical management of procurement activities in a manner that is transparent, accountable, proactive, results oriented, and value adding to the stewardship of the DSWD Field Office’s resources.
- FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Provides an efficient and effective financial plan to support the Department’s Programs / Activities / Projects aimed at achieving its desired outcome and mandate; develop and implement policies and guidelines for the effective, efficient, and economical management of financial resources of the Field Office; manage financial and related non-financial information system to ensure timely compliance with reporting requirements of oversight agencies and statutes, and to support or provide management with relevant information and advice / options in decision making process; and the evaluation and analysis of the operating performance of various responsibility centers of the Field Office.
- ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
Ensures provision, maintenance, and management of logistical requirements to support the Department in the attainment of its vision and mission; develop policies and formulate plans and programs related to the provision of logistical services and personnel administration; ensure provision of services related to property management, record management, maintenance of facilities & vehicles, operation of transportation, communication, utility services, and supervision of janitorial and security services; ensure appropriate management systems and procedures are in place for economical, efficient, and effective services; and direct all activities pertaining to procurement, planning, and contract management and monitoring.
- HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Addresses the Field Office manpower requirements and ensure the well-being of personnel towards greater employee productivity and overall organizational effectiveness by leading the development of policies and systems relative to manpower planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, human resource needs assessment, career development, and employee welfare and labor relations, and personnel administration.