[v.] Filipino, meaning "to push forward"

The DSWD has been in pursuit of continued excellence as it relentlessly fulfill its mandate—to serve the public, especially the poor, vulnerable, and the marginalized sectors of our society. To level-up the quality of governance and exemplify improved public service, the DSWD adopted the Performance Governance System (PGS) Pathways. The DSWD pushes forward to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as prepare the Department for the full implementation of the Mandanas Ruling.

Strategic Positioning

The DSWD Strategy 2020-2028 focuses on the steering (enabling role) and rowing (implementing role) functions of the Department in order to help improve Social Protection that contributes to the nation's poverty reduction. It aims to increase the capacity of Local Government Units (LGUs) to improve the delivery of social protection and social welfare services as well as improve the well-being of beneficiaries and Pantawid Pamilya or 4Ps households through strengthened social welfare system.

DSWD Strategy 2028 and Performance Governance System (PGS) Basics

The PGS is a holistic and collaborative framework for designing, executing, monitoring, and sustaining roadmaps to reform. It raises the standards of strategy setting for Philippine public sector institutions that works beyond operational effectiveness and complement process improvements while giving premium to its agency’s mandate into a world-class public service.

The DSWD Strategy Map 2028 was developed to provide the strategic focus to deliver its mission by facilitating coordinated efforts and convergence of different partners and stakeholders. It intends to mobilize and steer social protection and social services to address poverty reduction.

Posted 04 May 2021

Recalibrated Strategy and the adoption of the DSWD SULONG Recovery Plan 2021-2022

However, a different set of issues and challenges emerged as the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the Department's strategy implementation. This situation and the prevailing Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia Ruling among national government agencies and LGUs; the national implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) as a government response intervention for affected families; and the national expenditure program (NEP) for 2021 at the time, warranted a strategy review for the Department. This emerging context resulted in Recalibrated DSWD Strategy 2022-2028 that will require a detour means of implementation, through the adoption of the DSWD SULONG (Strategic Focus Utilized to Leverage Our Nation’s Good Governance) Recovery Plan 2021-2022.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista addresses the DSWD PGS Focals - 2021 Cascading Session for the DSWD SULONG Recovery Plan as the Agency's interim strategy

Posted 23 February 2021

DSWD SULONG Recovery Plan 2021-2022 Overview

"Everyone is a Governance Warrior". The Secretary addressing the DSWD PGS Focals on its 2021 Cascading Session. This is anchored to the Department's interim strategy - the DSWD SULONG Recovery Plan 2021-2022.

Posted 04 May 2021

About Us

Posted 26 March 2021

Our Story

The OSM Scoreboard depicts a lighthouse that guides ships at sea, with the DSWD as a sea vessel and the management - headed by the Secretary, as its Captain. In this scoreboard, the lighthouse is built by the OSM's Strategic Contributions which provides forecasts and alerts to the management on the extent of interventions necessary or critical progress of the Department along its course. These Strategic Contributions are present all throughout the lighthouse structure and the beam of light it produces.

With this in mind, the OSM's Scoreboard officer in charge is symbolized as a lighthouse keeper that must monitor and assist the Head of Office, that the structure will be built on its Strategic Contributions such as (a) Learning and Development Interventions (LDIs) aligned to the Department's effort on the improved and digitized process, as well as, occupational safety and health are provided to all OSM staff; (b) continuous process coaching and partnership by the OSM with PGS Champions (including the Central Office and Field Office PGS Focals) are evident; and (c) strategic communications, in partnership with the Social Marketing Service, are influenced and running.

In effect, the lighthouse will be able to cast light and shine brightly across the Strategy horizon to which the Department and all its units are navigating towards to.

Meaningful directions are then safeguarded as its light spreads towards the sea with OSM leading the remaining Strategic Contributions which are (d) development of the Enterprise Risk Management Policy and Risk Management Framework; preparation for the (e) Revalida as part of the PGS Proficiency certification; and finally, highlight governance practices through the (f) Annual Scorecard Summit that will build Governance Sharing and Governance Culture in the Department.

Throughout this voyage, the OSM with its lighthouse keeper, therefore, envisions itself helping the DSWD navigate through tides of operational challenges and opportunities, and continuously aspire to keep the Strategy moving forward.

The Office for Strategy Management (OSM) is primarily responsible in devising, integrating, and coordinating all processes related to governance, strategy development, strategy execution, strategy monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communication to ensure effective implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Learn more about the OSM by clicking here.


Posted 24 March 2021 | Updated 04 May 2021

4th PGS Focal Meeting

14 May 2021

09:30 - 11: 30 AM (Central Office)

02:00 - 04:00PM (Field Offices)

Click here for details and resources.

Posted 04 May 2021

Multi-Sector Governance Council (MSGC) Meeting

25 May 2021

02:00 - 05:00 PM

Posted 23 February 2021

Gear-Up your Office on your 1st Operations Review

The Operations Review is a forward-looking dialogue that addresses barriers and enablers to performance. Conducted monthly by the Head of Office with the team, it tracks Strategic Contributions progress while drives strategic performance. It also puts conversation into practice and eventually building towards improvement, merit, and incentives throughout the organization. Know more what are the requirements of doing an Operations Review by clicking on the download button below the template or checking the orientation materials to the PGS Focal persons here.


PGS Proficiency Audit & Scorecard Summit

DSWD crafts SULONG Recovery Plan to meet challenges amid pandemic

In an effort to meet the challenges brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic and to prepare for the impending implementation of the Mandanas Ruling, wherein some of the programs and projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be devolved to the local government units (LGUs), the Department crafted the SULONG (Strategic Focus Utilized to Leverage Our Nation’s Good Governance) Recovery Plan. See the full article here.

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DSWD Strategic Focus Utilized to Leverage Our Nation's Good Governance (SULONG) Recovery Plan 2021-2022 Approved

Recalibrated DSWD Strategy 2022-2028 Issued

The Secretary has approved and issued Administrative Order No. 18, Series of 2020 or the "Adoption of Recalibrated DSWD Strategy 2022-2028" which contains the new timelines of delivery. Read the full details by downloading it here.

Posted 23 January 2021

Center of Excellence for the overall well-being of Older Persons

DSWD remains committed to doing its best to provide the underprivileged men, women, children, and the elderly in our society with facilities that are safe and conducive to their healing and overall well-being. Learn more about our featured Center of Excellence here.

2020 OSM Client Satisfaction Rating

Overall, OSM received positive feedback from the clients with a very satisfactory rating of 4.56 out of 5.00 with 58% of the participants rating the OSM as outstanding. Accessibility and availability of the OSM to provide assistance, followed by relevance and alignment of functions to what is required by the Strategy is the general qualitative feedback of participants. Know more of the Client Satisfaction Rating of the OSM by clicking here.


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