Given the new context, i.e. Pandemic, Mandanas Ruling and approved NEP, the strategy review was conducted considering the impact of pandemic, status of the current strategy and the continue-stop-start retrospective. These new context requires the DSWD to review its current strategy to become responsive and relevant to its mandate. Gauging the impact of pandemic was crucial because of its implications on the Department’s operations and on the status of implementation of the current strategy. Starting March 2020, the DSWD was directed to lead the SAP implementation which brought pressures to the Department. On top of this, the Department is still implementing the 4Ps, and other DSWD programs (such as AICS, Social Pension, among others). The DSWD also assisted in the repatriation of undocumented children from Malaysia and Middle East. Likewise, with the Supreme Court Ruling, full implementation is expected in CY 2022, thus CY 2021 will serve as preparation of the Department to operate in the context of Mandanas Ruling.
In terms of the review of roadmaps and strategic contributions implemented in CY 2020, it appears that for the roadmap, 5% of the 46 deliverables were achieved, while 93.5% remains undelivered. The achieved roadmap deliverables are from Policy Reform, Finance and Logistics and Information Capital. For strategic contributions, 22% were delivered ; 25% are not yet due;4% are not yet due but will no longer be delivered within the year, while 49% remains undelivered. In terms of strategic contributions, the results showed that among the 8 roadmaps, Human and Org Capital has the most number of strategic contributions as well as undelivered strategic contributions and this could be attributed to the ISO certification which almost all OBS has committed to deliver. The TARA roadmap has the least number of delivered strategic contributions and this is mainly due to COVID 19 pandemic.
As a result of this process and with the current situation and the upcoming implementation of Mandanas ruling as mentioned, the Department adopted the “recalibration” as the strategy design which means that the two (2) strategic focus and the roadmap deliverables indicated in AO 5, s. 2020 will be maintained but with new timelines of delivery, i.e, instead of 2020-2022 it should be 2022-2024. For the means of implementation, we will adopt a “detour” means of strategy implementation wherein a SULONG Recovery Plan developed will serve as an interim strategy for CY 2021-2022. With this, the challenge for the Department now is the management of the strategy while mitigating the effects of the pandemic.
Presented now is the recalibrated strategic focus which has the same targets but different timelines of delivery.