A CLOSER LOOK AT SOCIAL SERVICES:
Empowering the Poor, the Vulnerable and the Disadvantaged
by Rio Cahambing
From pediatrics to geriatrics, and everyone else in between…..that’s how big the demographic scope is for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Southern Leyte.
For an office that envisions a society where the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged are empowered for an improved quality of life, PSWDO is pushing itself to cope with the world’s standard for the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection for poverty reduction.
A very tall order, indeed, but being in the frontline had always been the role of social welfare and development, whether it is feeding children, dealing with parents and the elderly or responding in calamities and disasters.
The implementation of the Local Government Code brought social services even closer to the people when the office became part of the provincial government of Southern Leyte.
Today’s PSWDO is buzzing with activities. They are currently observing the National Children’s Month for October, and just recently, observed the Senior Citizens
Week from October 1-7, 2014.
Even with these two sectors alone, everyone at PSWDO will have their hands full. PSWDO also observes a “NO LUNCH BREAK” policy, as social service to those in need cannot be delayed even for a short lunch.
But the office is even more recognized and acknowledged for their frontline services such as Supplemental Feeding for Children, Emergency Assistance Program (Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation and Shelter Assistance), Skills Training Programs, Seminar Workshops, Women Welfare Programs and Relief Operations.
Their objectives encompass almost all that can be needed by people who are basically disadvantaged, and less fortunate in life, like victims of man-made and natural disasters, any social disorganization, all forms of abuseand of resource generation. Most of these are children, women, the elderly or senior citizens and differently-abled persons.
However, offering rehabilitative and protective services to these victims does not end PSWDO’s role and function. The office also strives to make sure that the rehabilitated victims will be able to fend for themselves once they come back to the fold of their respective communities.
Thus, PSWDO conducts knowledge and skills trainings and provide capital assistance to these disadvantaged sectors to undertake income-generating projects, augment family income, provide entrepreneurial skills and develop positive work habits & attitudes.
The office is aptly manned by highly trained and experienced personnel, whose hard work and dedication gave many disadvantaged Southern Leytenos a fresh new start in life and made them productive members of society.