The Provincial Social Welfare and Development envisions a province free from poverty. Improved and sustainable quality of life for the disadvantaged, vulnerable and ostracized people of Surigaodel Sur by 2030.


Following the "New Norm", the PSWD adheres to

  • Converge social welfare endeavour of different stakeholders between and amongst government, non-government and semi government social welfare agencies aimed for synergistic and comprehensive partnership for poverty alleviation, empowerment and sustainable development planned change process in micro, mezzo and macro continuum.


  • Redesign and formulate a social welfare programs and services at place with CARAGA regional, national and global thrusts following the New Normal trends;
  • Augmentation of protective, preventive, rehabilitative, and developmental social welfare services to the poor, disadvantage, vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the respective LGU's of the entire province;
  • Share and augment technical assistance to local levels counterparts and equally important resource providers in the implementation and evaluation of social welfare and development programs and services in essence of multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Ensures equal protection and welfare to the social workers as front-liners of social services to the beneficiaries;
  • Develop a culture of evidenced based best practice noteworthy to share with other PSWD counterparts and LSWD counterparts.

Office Mandate pursuant to RA 7610:

Stemming from the legal mandate, the Social Welfare and Development office shall take charge on social welfare and development services and shall:
(1) Formulate measures for approval of the sanggunian and provide technical assistance and support to the governor, as the case may be, in carrying out measures to endure the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities relative to social welfare and development services as provided for under Section 17 of this Code;
(2) Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the governor, as the case may be, implement the same particularly those which have to do with social welfare programs and project which the governor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is empowered to provide for under this Code;
(3) The social welfare and development office shall:
  • Provide relief and appropriate crisis intervention for victims of abuse and exploitation and recommend appropriate measures to deter further abuse and exploitation;
  • Assist the governor, as the case may be, in implementing the provincial level program for the development and protection of children up to six (6) years of age;
  • Facilitate the implementation of welfare programs for the disabled, elderly, and victims of drug addiction, the rehabilitation of prisoners and parolees, the prevention of juvenile delinquency and such other activities which would eliminate or minimize the ill-effects of poverty;
  • Initiate and support youth welfare programs that will enhance the role of the youth in the nation-building;
  • Coordinate with government agencies and non-governmental organizations which have for their purpose the promotion and the protection of all needy, disadvantaged, underprivileged or impoverished groups or individuals, particularly those identified to be vulnerable and high-risk to exploitation, abuse and neglect;
(4) Be in the frontline or service delivery, particularly those which have to do with immediate relief during and assistance in the aftermath of man-made and natural disaster;
(5) Lead agency in the programs and services on rebel returnees and control mechanism in supporting the thrusts of the government;
(6) Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the governor, as the case may be, on all other matters related to social welfare and development services which will improve the livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants; and
In addition to the aforementioned mandate:
(7) Hasten and deepen inclusivity with regards to GAD (Gender and Development) activities in the province through the use of the Gender Responsive program and services as a practice model in the application of various perspectives, concept principles, and tools.
(8) Provisions of administrative, supportive and educative support to the social workers and staff of the agency aimed for a conducive and pro worker milieu;
(9) Produce portfolio of documentation and recordings for evidenced based reflective social work practice for personal and professional growth;
(10) Publish social work practices of the province worth emulating informing the public about agency's outcome;

Core Values:

  • Respect for inherent worth, dignity and rights;
  • Importance of human relationship
  • Solidarity with the struggles of the poor and marginalized sectors
  • Cooperation not completion
  • Inclusive participation
  • Respect for diversity
  • Cultural competence
  • Social Justice
  • Integrity for efficient and effective service
  • Adaptability to the NEW NORM

PSWD Programs and services:

1. Disaster Relief Service - provision of timely and appropriate assistance to help alleviate the conditions/situations of distressed/displaced individuals/families and those who are victims of disaster and are in need food, clothing temporary shelter and other emergency requirements thru: efficient management of evacuation centers/institutions; provision of ready-to-eat food/mass feeding; crisis debriefing sessions and provision of financial/material assistance.
2. Family and Community Welfare - program intended to assist socially disadvantaged families and communities to develop their capability in defining needs and formulating solutions as well as setting up viable community structures to bring about social change. Target beneficiaries include parents, surrogate parents, solo parents belonging to low income group, families with problems in relationships, unemployed family heads and other needy adults; and socially-depressed barangays.
  • Parent Effectiveness Service - provision and expansion of knowledge and skills of parents and others involved in child caring, on early childhood development, health care, behavior management, improving the father-mother relationship and parenting rights and duties.
  • Marriage Counselling Service - counselling on preparing for conjugal and family life, handling marital adjustment problems/differences, enriching marital relationships and deciding about legal separation
  • Responsible Parenthood Service - counselling on the values of child spacing and planned family size as well as the resolution of psycho-social barriers to the practice of child spacing and planning the size of the family.
  • Family Casework - counselling on coping with changed or added roles including solo parenting usually arising from crisis situations and resulting to family dysfunctioning.
  • Facilitation of meeting to discuss and/or resolve official matter or concern of the management;
  • Practical Skills Development, Job Placement for Family Heads or Male Adults - is provided to family heads and other family members without practical skills for income-generating activities; or those who have practical skills but lack the motivation to go into gainful employment; or those who hav practical skills with no motivation but need referral. Is undertaken through vocational skills development; job counselling and job referral.
  • Social Preparation for People‚Äôs Participation - refers to assisting the community to experience the process of building consciousness/awareness of problem situations, analysis, formulation of goals and action plans implementation, monitoring and evaluation collectively.
  • Community Volunteer Resource Development Service - refers to initiating, developing and sustaining people's voluntary participation in responding to community needs/problems through knowledge-based and systematic service delivery system.
  • Social Welfare Structures Development Service - refers to organizing, strengthening or reactivating community welfare groups that will initiate community action and provide leadership in adapting measures to address prevailing community social problems in an organized and systematic manner.
3. Women Welfare - program which aims to promote the welfare of women giving special attention to prevention or eradication of exploitation of women in any form, including prostitution, illegal recruitments as well as promotion of skills for employment and self-actualization. Target beneficiaries are socially disadvantaged women who are:
    • functionally illiterate
    • with limited or no skills in personal care and/or child care
    • with limited or no income to support their basic needs and/or augment family income
    • who have low esteem
    • who are in difficult circumstances, such as the: battered/abused; victims of involuntary prostitution; victims of illegal recruitment; victims of rape/incest/sexual harassment; victims of armed conflict; women in detention.
  • Self-Enhancement Skills Development - provision of opportunities for the improvement of the women as human beings/persons, including the enhancement of their self-image through the discovery and understanding of their potentials and capacities leading to change/acquisition of appropriate values and attitudes about themselves, their families and the larger community and environment.
  • Maternal and Child Care - provision of knowledge and skills as well as the teaching of values to women based of their specific needs in areas of self-care including personal hygiene, breast examination, breastfeeding and weaning, care of children and other members of the family, nutrition education including growth monitoring and promotion, environmental sanitation focusing on the use of sanitary toilets, proper refuse disposal, and safe water, usage of herbal plants as well as value of backyard gardening, livestock and home-based aqua culture.
  • Productivity Skills/Livelihood Development - provision of opportunities for women to acquire gainful occupation/livelihood through practical skills development and basic business management skills, provision of capital assistance for individual or groups projects under self-employment assistance, job referral under open employment including counselling and sheltered workshop.
  • Counselling - provision of opportunities for women to resolve their own problems of relationship by identifying their strengths and weaknesses towards more effective social functioning.
  • Community Participation Skills Development - mobilization of women for them to able to relate and interact with other women in community over common interest and concerns affecting women's welfare resulting in community-level actions in relation to them.
4. Child and Youth Welfare - program designed for the care, protection, and rehabilitation of children and youth age 0 to below 18 years who are neglected out-of-school youth, street children and delinquent youth.
  • Peer Group Service - opportunities provided to out-of-school youth who are members of the Pag-asa Youth Movement (PYM) to enable them engage in worthwhile and productive activities for their social, economic, physical, spiritual and mental development to become contributing members of the community. It is preventive and developmental in approach and is implemented through its social interventions.
  • Community-Based Services for Street Children - are services provided to those below 17 years old who cannot benefit from structured rehabilitation in a center to get them off the street and eventually integrate them into society. It is provided through the conduct of informal group meetings and supervised activities in the street or places also includes provision of educational assistance and impart desirable values. It also includes provision of educational assistance for formal, informal or other forms of alternative education and at the same time provide their families opportunities to develop their parenting skills and improve their socio-economic condition.
  • Community-Based Services for Delinquent Youth - provision of interventions and opportunities to prevent delinquent youth from entering the Juvenile Justice System and direct their activities to more gainful and productive ones to enable them to acquire socially acceptable behavior. The service calls for a level of intervention to the community and law enforcement.
  • Supplemental Feeding - provision of supplemental food assistance to moderately and severely (non-medical) underweight pre-school children as an immediate and direct intervention to improve their nutritional status and prevent any permanent physical and mental retardation.
  • Food-for-Work - provision of food as a replacement for the temporary loss of income of distressed/displaced individuals and disaster victims in exchange for the services they render while undertaking or participating in restorative and rehabilitative activities as well as in mitigation and preparedness activities that will increase their capacity to cope with hazards.
  • Disaster Management Capability Building - activities undertaken to develop/enhance individual/family/community capabilities for quick, orderly and structured response to disaster to prevent loss of lives and property, minimize sufferings and speed up recovery/rehabilitation.
  • Emergency Shelter Assistance - provision of limited financial and material assistance to help families construct/repair their houses which are partially or totally destroyed by natural and man-made disasters.
  • Balik-Probinsya - provision of limited financial and material assistance to support the planned and purposive return to the place of origin of disaster victims, distressed and displaced individuals/families where the opportunities to improve their well-being are available.
  • Crisis Intervention - a short-term casework counselling which aims to provide immediate emotional/psychological/clarification to relieve manifested anxiety/tensions of the victims as a result of the disaster/crisis. This can also be group sessions which allow the ventilation and sharing of experiences, feeling and reactions during the critical incident.
5. Program for Disabled Persons and Elderly - provision of services on disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for physically, mentally and socially disabled persons in order to enhance their capability to attain a more meaningful, productive and satisfying way of life and ultimately become self-reliant and contributing members of society. Target beneficiaries are persons "at risk" or vulnerable to disability, the blind, deaf, orthopedically handicapped, mental retardates and improved mental patients, released prisoners, recovered drug dependents/alcoholics, negative hansenites, mendicants and elderly persons.
  • Information Dissemation on Disability Prevention - a series of activities designed to raise the level of awareness of individuals and families at risk regarding the causes and effects of disabling conditions and encourage the practice of disability prevention. This is done through individual and group sessions and where available through radio, TV and print media.
  • Assistance for Physical Restoration - involves helping the disabled persons and elderly attain maximum improvement of their physical residual capacities through the use of technical aids to facilitate integration to family and community life. This is implemented through resources mobilization, resolution of psychological barriers related to medical interventions, (i.e., cataract operation, cleft/lip palate) and use of technical aids (prosthesis, wheelchairs, etc.) and referral for medical and other services.
  • Self and Social Enhancement Services - activities designed to assist the disabled person and elderly develop self-acceptance and positive self-image, provide opportunities for socialization, membership in organizations, creative expression and active participation in family and community life. This is done through individual or group counselling, orientation and mobility, development of daily living and survival communication skills, sports and recreation, socio-cultural activities and organization of disabled persons.
  • Social and Vocational Preparation for Employment Services - activities which prepare the disabled person acquire vocational skills in community based settings in order to secure and maintain a suitable job along open, self and sheltered employment. This involves assessment of potentials, identification of available employment opportunities, vocational counselling, vocational training, on-the-job training and referral for employment.
  • After Care and Follow-up Services - continuation of the rehabilitation process provided to disabled persons discharged from institution/rehabilitation facilities in order to assist them during their period of adjustment from full-time care to independent functioning with in the family and community setting. This is implemented through family counselling, school placement, job placement and opportunities for participation in community activities.
  • Special Social Services for the Elderly - services designed to assist the elderly avail of opportunities to contribute community development. This include use of elderly as volunteer in family and community welfare activities.
6. Emergency Assistance Program
  • The E-CLIP or Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program - program that aims to help our fellow members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and Militia ng Bayan who want to convert the government and the community, to reunite their family. Through this, they will be given a variety of help, knowledge, and skills that they can use to change lives. This assistance not only to them but also to their family and community.

    Who is E-CLIP for? According to Administrative Order No. 10 signed by President Rodrigo RoaDuterte on April 3, 2018, and in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said order, ECLIP is for converts since April 3, 2018, including the following:
    • Regular member of the CPP-NPA-NDF;
    • Their spouse, children, and spouse are legitimate or illegitimate, and their parents and siblings;
    • Members of Militia ng Bayan

  • Organization of Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) - program for provision of Financial Assistance of 5,000 to repatriated OFW, conduct of Skills training and psychosocial activities.