DSWD Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) Program

Good news to our kababayans! In its effort to address the lack of access to financial services and opportunities for the poor in the country, the DSWD has created the Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) program as part of its efforts to promote inclusive growth. The TCT aims to provide households with immediate cash grants for productive investments and help build their capacity for self-employment.

Also Read: List of DSWD Programs, Projects and Services

The cash grant aims to allow beneficiaries to invest in their own enterprises, create jobs, and provide better opportunities for themselves and their families. The DSWD also provides livelihood support services to eligible beneficiaries interested in starting their own business, such as entrepreneurship training, micro-finance loans, access to markets and other financial services. Learn more about the DSWD TCT program by reading the sections below.

What is DSWD Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) Assistance

The government of the Philippines committed to provide financial assistance to the poorest households in the country through the DSWD TCT Program, which is aimed at mitigating the effects of inflation, rising fuel prices and commodities. Under the program, the DSWD will provide cash grants to the poorest households for six (6) months.

The program is modeled after the UCT program, which was implemented under the TRAIN Law. The DSWD will serve as the lead agency overseeing the program’s implementation.

As such, the following guideline will help ensure that:

  1. The 12.4 million households to receive the cash transfer are identified;
  2. Payroll and institutional arrangements are prepared; and
  3. Schemes are adopted that will expedite the distribution of cash transfer to beneficiaries.

Legal Bases:

The implementation of the TCT Program is anchored on the following issuances:

  1. Department of Finance (DOF), DSWD, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1. Series of 2022, General Guidelines for the Implementation of the TCT Program dated June 1, 2022.
  2. Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated May 2, 2022 on the Implementation of the TCT Program for Vulnerable Households Affected by the
  3. Recent Oil Price Hike.


The program offers a direct cash benefit per month for six (6) months for the poorest households.

  • The program will provide cash grants of up to PhP 3,000.00 (or Php 500 per month) to eligible beneficiaries every six months. These grants are intended to help the poorest households in the country. The distribution of these funds is subject to the availability of funds.
  • Augment the eligible beneficiaries’ disposable income, which is expected to improve their capacity to meet their basic needs;
  • Easy cash distribution scheme through the Landbank of the Philippines

Coverage and Qualifications

  • Some 4.0 million identified beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps);
  • Some 6.0 million identified non-4Ps households who were previously beneficiaries under the 2018 to 2020 UCT program stipulated under RA 10963 or the TRAIN Law, including beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program; and
  • Some 2.4 million households in the database of the Listahan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or other data sources as applicable, provided that they will fall within the first to fifth income decile of the NHTS-PR.

How to Process DSWD Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT)

  1. Beneficiaries identified by the DSWD shall receive payments amounting to Php500 per month for six (6) months (except for the months of April-July), in an appropriate manner, as determined by the DSWD, subject to the availability of funds.
  2. Residents of outlying regions, such as those in disadvantaged and isolated communities, may receive payments in two equal instalments for the entire program’s six-month duplication from other databases. These payments are subject to the approval of the Secretary.
  3. The schedule of distribution of the Targeted Community Transformation (TCT) program is set by the Inter-agency Committee. In the event that the availability of funds prevents the program from being delivered on time, the IAC may make changes to the schedule.
  4. The cash grants should be distributed to the beneficiaries through the LBP cash card or their preferred transactional accounts within the second week or month following the TCT payroll period. This circular applies to the cash grants issued under this program. However, due to the system capacity of the LBP, the availability of funds may be subject to change.
  5. The list of TCT beneficiaries that the DSWD has certified should be forwarded to the LBP. Once the LBP receives the list, it will immediately start distributing the cash grants.

Mode of Payment

The DSWD and/or LBP may distribute TCT cash grants through any combination of following modes:

  • LBP Cash Card;
  • Crediting to other subsisting LBP Accounts;
  • Crediting by LBP for payment to subsisting other bank accounts, as submitted by the beneficiaries to the DSWD, via Instapay or PESOnet;
  • Procured services of financial intermediaries, including but not limited to the following:
    • Banks (including but not limited to: BDO, BPI, and other banking institutions);
    • Non-bank financial institutions (including but not limited to licensed electronic money issuers such as GCash, Paymaya, Starpay, etc.); and
    • Remittance centers.
  • Direct payout through DSWD Special Disbursing Officers (SDO)
  • The LBP cash card is the preferred mode of payment for cash grants. The organization will ensure that the number of cards produced is aligned with the number of beneficiaries according to the provisions of this circular. The payment methods (A through D) enumerated earlier will be subject to a separate memorandum of agreement-implementing guidelines.

Validation Process

DSWD offices’ list of eligible applicants will undergo a validation process. This process will involve the deduplication of 2 checks and eligibility verification.

The appointed offices will perform the eligibility check and certify the application. On the other hand, the deduplication check will be conducted by the UCT-NPMO for select beneficiaries as provided by the official memorandum and the rest by the NHTO. These offices will also seek technical assistance from the ICTMS.

DISBURSEMENT through LBP Cash Cards

The database owner must prepare the TCT cash card’s payroll and submit the necessary documents to the cluster head of operations to ensure eligible beneficiaries. These documents are required to be approved by the DSWD, NEDA, and DBM.


The Field Offices shall facilitate the payout for those beneficiaries without LBP cash cards through the SDO.

To facilitate the release of funds through the issuance of Sub-allotment Release Orders and Notices of Transfer of Allocation, the following documents must be submitted:

1. An approved list of payroll that is compliant with Section VIII of this Circular; and

2. A fund request approved by the concerned Cluster Head.

Infographic of DSWD TCT Program

Check out this cool infographic which simplifies the process of understanding what this TCT project is all about:

Special Guidelines for the Implementation of the Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) Program Under the Protective Services for Individuals And Families in Especially Difficult Circumstances (PSIF)

Here is the memorandum detailing the special guidelines for implementing the Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) program under the PSIF.


Video: 1st tranche ng targeted cash transfer, natanggap na ng ilang beneficiary | Saksi

In this video, we see a report of some beneficiaries receiving the first tranche of targeted cash transfers (TCTs) from the DSWD. The government’s targeted cash transfer program aims to provide financial support to the poorest households in the country. It was launched to mitigate the effects of rising fuel prices.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When was the TCT program approved?

In April 2022, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order aimed at implementing the targeted cash transfer program. Various government agencies were tasked with overseeing and implementing the program.

2. How much was the proposed budget for the TCT program?

The DBM approved the release of a special allotment order for the Targeted Cash Transfer Program amounting to PHP4.1 billion.

3. How long will the cash program run?

The DSWD will distribute cash grants of up to PHP3,000 or PHP500 per month to individuals under the TCT Program. These grants will be provided for up to six months.

4. What is the difference between the TCT and UCT programs of the DSWD?

UCT provides qualified beneficiaries cash grants computed at Two Hundred Pesos (PhP 200.00) per month for the first year of implementation, and at Three Hundred Pesos (PhP 300.00) per month for each succeeding year of implementation whereas the TCT provides qualified beneficiaries cash grant of up to PHP3,000 or PHP500 per month for six months.

5. How will the cash grants be distributed under the TCT program?

The DSWD has released the guidelines for the distribution of cash grants under the Targeted Cash Transfer Program. These guidelines were issued through a joint memorandum circular between the agency, NEDA, DBM, and Finance.


The DSWD Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) is one of the agency’s programs that aims to provide financial support to the poorest households in the country. It was launched to mitigate the effects of inflation and rising fuel prices.

This is exclusive only to the list determined by the DSWD of the poorest households in the country. Only these households are qualified to receive the first tranche of targeted cash transfers (TCT’s) from the DSWD.

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the DSWD TCT and how it works.


DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS Program for Filipinos

Poverty has been a prevalent issue in the Philippines since time immemorial. It’s no secret that poverty is a major contributor to many of the country’s problems, including crime and violence in urban areas. For these reasons, the DSWD has implemented a program called KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), which aims to strengthen community structures and improve the quality of life of people living in poverty.

DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS is a national government program that aims to reduce poverty in selected areas in the Philippines through community-driven development. As poverty remains a challenge in many parts of the country, the DSWD is committed to continue implementing Kalahi-CIDSS to reach out to more families in need.

Find out how this program addresses poverty in the Philippines and the programs and services under the KALAHI-CIDSS. Keep on reading to learn more.

dswd kalahi cidss program


KALAHI-CIDSS is a DSWD program that aims to reduce poverty in the Philippines by strengthening community networks and improving the quality of life of people living in poverty. It was launched in 2011 as an extension of the government’s “Ending Poverty Is Possible Through Community Empowerment” campaign.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a program of the DSWD that aims to provide comprehensive and integrated social services. It is carried out through the use of a community-driven development approach. This strategy aims to achieve service delivery and good governance.

The NEDA Board approved the scale-up of the program on January 18, 2013. It was implemented from 2003 to 2013.

Through a community-driven development approach, this program helps communities in poor municipalities identify challenges around reducing poverty and make informed decisions on a range of locally identified options for development.

The program gives control of resources to address local poverty to communities, builds the capacity of both state (including local governments) and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for support from poor communities as they implement development initiatives, and helps them understand the role that each party plays in supporting community-driven development initiatives.

The goal of the Kalahi-CIDSS is for communities and barangays to become more empowered to participate in the planning and implementation of local government services.

Brief History

Originally named as “Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KKB)”, the concept of the Kalahi-CIDSS is to provide comprehensive and integrated social services through the use of community-driven development. This approach involves implementing local solutions to address the poverty and other social issues in the communities.

The concept of the Kalahi-CIDSS was derived from the strategies and lessons learned from the various national programs that have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing poverty. These include the Philippine government’s comprehensive and integrated social services program and Indonesia’s Kecamatan Development Program.

In July 2002, the Kalahi-CIDSS piloted the concept of the 16-step process of the community empowerment activity cycle. This was conducted in a municipality in Quezon, which is a fifth-class area. The project was funded by a grant of PhP1.8 million.

The pilot program was conducted in six of the municipality’s 14 barangays. These areas included Manggahan, Bulakin 1, Cabatang, Putol, Pinagdanlayan, and Dagatan. The field team for the project was composed of Irene Malong, Jay Arribay, Ray Camiling, and Consuelo Aranda.

The six-month pilot program provided the necessary feedback and guidance to the local government units that decided to adopt the CDD approach.

The World Bank approved the funding of the Kalahi-CIDSS project in 2003. Undersecretary Corazon Soliman served as its first national director. Clifford Burkeley was the project’s deputy director, and Alexander Glova was its first national project manager.

The project’s parent organization, which was composed of 200 local government units, ended in 2010. In 2010, the government provided the organization with a bridge financing of another three years to prepare for the implementation of CDD operations.

Through the project’s additional financing, which was supported by the World Bank, 182 local government units were able to implement the CDD approach. The Millennium Challenge Corporation also provided a grant to help 164 municipalities implement the program. Out of the 182 municipalities that were covered by the grant, 102 of them were new municipalities.

Due to the increasing number of local government units and communities supporting the project, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) proposed expanding the CDD program’s scope by creating a national program called the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

NCDDP is guided by the LET-CIDSS framework:

Localized decision-making. Projects are implemented based on a community’s decision-making process.

Empowering. People are empowered to better manage community issues and problems within the framework of a project’s planning, mobilization, implementation and resource management.

Transparent. A multi-tiered monitoring system has been established, in which the government will monitor its own programs while NGOs and other groups oversee their implementation.

Community prioritization. Each barangay participating in the MIBF is responsible for developing a proposal outlining how the funds will be spent. The community selects among these proposals and prioritizes which ones will receive funding.

Inclusive and multi-stakeholder. Everyone in the barangay is involved in every stage of project implementation, from creating the proposal to managing it once implemented.

Demand-driven. Communities should be allowed to decide how their own needs will be met and are encouraged to prioritize them.

Simple. Project procedures and components are designed to be as simple and understandable as possible to make all stakeholders comfortable participating.

Sustainable. All barangay projects will have viable long-term plans for their operations, maintenance, and sustainability.


The National Community-Driven Development Program aims to empower barangays/communities of targeted municipalities to achieve improved access to services and participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

The National Community-Driven Development Program aims to empower communities by treating them not as passive recipients of assistance and services but as partners in development; improve local governance by improving people’s engagement with and access to their LGUs, thereby making it more democratic and participatory; and reduce poverty by implementing barangay-level projects that respond to the communities’ felt needs and problems.

The NCDDP is expected to provide the following community benefits:

  • better access to basic services
  • Improve important local poverty indices in project municipalities;
  • Increase the proportion of households in project municipalities reporting increased knowledge, skills, and confidence in collective participation in local governance activities.
  • Increase the representation of members of marginalized groups in barangay assemblies.

Laws Related to the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS Program

The goal of the CDD Bill is to establish a framework for implementing the principles of community-driven development. The whole government must adopt these principles in its various projects and activities.

The CDD Bill aims to empower the country’s marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors by promoting community participation.

What is Community-Driven Development (CDD)?

Through a community-driven development approach, community members can have a say in the development of their local areas. This type of development allows them to manage their resources and make decisions.

This development approach takes into account the various stakeholder groups in the development process and encourages them to become more involved in local development.

Communities are given the power to prioritize their needs through CDD, and they can then implement and manage solutions.

What are the key features of the CDD Bill?

The CDD Bill aims to institutionalize the concept of the national strategy for the reduction of poverty and the development of inclusive and sustainable national development. It also provides for establishing an advisory council composed of social welfare and development secretaries and local government.

Members of the advisory council include representatives from various government agencies such as the National Anti-Pillar Commission, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Agriculture. They also include officials from the Education, Health, and Human Settlements and Development Departments.

Non-government organizations that are accredited as part of the national strategy for the reduction of poverty and development may also serve as members of the council.

The CDD Bill establishes a comprehensive resource and knowledge institute that will serve as the advisory council’s policy, research, and training arm.

The KRI will support various activities, including establishing a comprehensive research and technology institute, capacity-building, and monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the CDD Bill.

How will the CDD be implemented?

CDD embraces the principles of participation, transparency, and accountability.

Through participation, CDD aims to enhance the participation of local communities in developing their communities. This process should involve the participation of both the government and the community in identifying and addressing the various issues affecting their communities.

Through participation, transparency can be maintained by allowing the community to participate in decision-making. This process can be carried out through the implementation of community-based projects.

Through participation, CDD also aims to enhance the accountability of its projects by allowing the community to participate in the evaluation and monitoring of the projects. This process can be carried out through the implementation of participatory projects.

In order to ensure that communities are actively involved in the development process, the national government agencies and local government units must develop policies for enhancing participatory governance practices, tapping community organizations, particularly the basic sectors, and responding to community needs.

These agencies should also provide information on government intervention, technical assistance, and support to partner communities for more effective community-driven planning and implementation.

They should also enable community members to meaningfully participate in the development process, ensure that community members are prioritized in receiving employment opportunities brought about by project implementation in the community, and ensure that identified community priorities are sufficiently funded.

Who will benefit from the CDD Bill?

The goal of the CDD bill is to empower Filipinos to become more involved in the society. It recognizes the right of individuals to participate in all levels of political, economic, and social decision-making.

The bill aims to provide opportunities for Filipinos who are vulnerable, marginalized, and poor to participate in the planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation of community-based programs and activities.

Who is Eligible for the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS?

The primary beneficiaries of this program are those from the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • homeless/street families
  • no income or low-income families
  • returning overseas Filipino workers
  • indigenous peoples
  • person(s) with disabilities
  • families in conflict-affected communities
  • indigent or individuals/families in especially difficult circumstances

The Project’s beneficiaries are picked from a list of the poorest provinces compiled by the National Statistics and Coordination Board (NSCB). A provincial forum of numerous stakeholders selects the 25% poorest municipalities in a province using Municipal Poverty Mapping.

Once chosen, the Project Grant is available to all barangays within the designated municipality. The total sum is computed by multiplying the number of barangays by the P300,000 allotment for each barangay.


Construction of Classrooms for Lumads (CCL) – This project collaborates with the Department of Education and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples. The aim of this project is to provide a conducive learning environment for the Lumads. The construction of classrooms aims to enhance and promote education among the Lumads in selected communities in Mindanao.

Community Driven Development Program for Indigenous Peoples (IP-CDD) – This project is spearheaded by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, both agencies of the government, to provide educational assistance programs for indigenous people in Mindanao as well as health insurance coverage.

Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KBB) – The project focuses on supporting livelihood-related priorities allowing households to generate and diversify their income, especially in times of pandemic when opportunities are limited.

DSWD National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) – This project is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the DSWD, alongside Patawid Pamilyang Pilipino and the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

National Community-Driven Development Program Additional Financing (KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP AF) – This aims to influence LGUs to adopt CDD principles and elements in the local planning process to promote community empowerment and better local governance. The additional financing will also support the implementation of projects and activities aligned with the NCDDP objectives and priority areas. The DSWD expects this additional financing to help reduce poverty incidence by at least 15% in all LGUs.


DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program empowers communities to develop their own growth and development. In this video, we see how this project has benefited these communities.


Despite the progress that society has made in promoting equality for women, there is still a long way to go before we can fully realize this goal. To help strengthen the capacity of women in various areas such as Baculongan Norte, Buguias, and Sito Pugo, the DSWD continues its efforts to improve the lives of women and children in the community. The DSWD also aims to promote gender equality by providing opportunities for women and their families to achieve self-reliance.

Infographics: Details about DSWD Cash for Work Program

Here are some more details about the KALAHI program Cash-For-Work Program for your awareness:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the key features of KALAHI-CIDSS?

The KALAHI-CIDSS program is the government’s response to the needs of communities in disaster-affected areas. It helps communities prepare for disasters and ensures that they are able to take care of themselves in a crisis without relying on outside aid. The program provides funding, training, and community grants to help communities become self-sufficient in their ability to respond to disasters.

The KALAHI-CIDSS program has five main features:

1) Assistance for social preparation and capability building training for LGUs and communities

2) Support funding through community grants. The funds will be released directly to the community accounts.

3) Transparency and Accountability Measures. Citizens other than public officials are involved in local planning and decision-making.

4) Community-chosen priorities are turned into projects, plans and activities and feed into the budgeting process, planning and programming of LGUs and NGAs.

5) Allowable community projects follow an open menu system; however, there is a set of disallowed activities specified on the Negative List

2. What are the project components of NCDDP?

The KC-NCDDP has three program components:

Barangay Community Sub-Grants for Planning and Investment. This component would continue to provide planning and investment grants to 676 poor municipalities that are affected by COVID-19 pandemic and other disaster events.

Local Capacity Building and Implementation Support. This component would involve the roll out of the enhanced guidelines on barangay development planning (with sharper dimension on participatory disaster response) as jointly developed by the DSWD and DILG as part of the strategy to institutionalize CDD in local government. It will also support participatory disaster risk and recovery management, focusing on rapid assessment of COVID-19 effects, as well as management of community-based preparedness and early recovery/rehabilitation.

Program Administration and Monitoring and Evaluation. This component supports the hiring of project staff and other operational systems and activities at the regional and national levels that provide oversight, coordination, and overall management of the NCDDP-AF. This component would support enhancements and streamline of the NCDDP Disaster Response Operations Modality (DROM) for alignment with the DSWD program monitoring and evaluation system.

3. What are the roles of the municipal local government units in KALAHI-CIDSS?

The municipal LGU (MLGU) plays an important role in the Project.

The development of communities requires a conducive environment. This is why the MLGU must provide a conducive environment for the participation of residents.

Through its mayor, the MLGU is responsible for ensuring that the projects of the community are prioritized.

Through the mayor and the local government, the CDD can be institutionalized through the passage of policies and ordinances.

The MLGU should also play a leading role in promoting the participation of various stakeholder groups in the development of the CDD. The mayor can utilize various structures such as the MIAC and the MDC to provide technical assistance and oversight.

The local government units should also integrate the various action plans and community development initiatives into their local development plans. The roles of the MLGU in the Project can be included in the memorandum of agreement.

4. What is the role of communities in KALAHI-CIDSS?

Through the CDD program, which is known as Kalihi-CIDSS, communities are able to participate in the process of development. Not only are they given the opportunity to control the funds for their projects, they are also given the opportunity to make key decisions for their communities.

5. How are KALAHI-CIDSS and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) related?

Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) is a national government initiative that ensures that the needs of poor cities/municipalities are taken into account in the preparation of agency budget proposals, which are developed through a participatory planning process involving basic sectors and civil society organizations (CSOs).

Both KALAHI-CIDSS and BUB cover the same municipalities.

A link is made between CDD operation and GPBP in municipalities covered by both KALAHI-CIDSS and BUB by providing adequate sequencing and complementarity between community-level action planning utilizing CDD and municipal-level statutory local planning and GPB-coordinated budgeting. Barangays will be specifically assisted in developing and implementing priorities in their local poverty reduction action plans (LPRAPs), which will be created through a participatory community and intercommunity social and technical preparation. Community priorities in barangay LPRAPs that are underfunded due to Kalahi-CIDSS financial constraints will be lobbied for inclusion in the municipality LPRAP, which will be proposed to the BUB.

Municipalities can continue to operate CDDs with BUB funding even after the four KALAHI-CIDSS award cycles have ended. Municipalities that have completed at least four cycles of the CDD (beginning with the KALAHI-CIDSS) can use the CDD as a platform to continue the pace, scale, sustainability, and quality of social development and poverty reduction in their communities by practicing participatory development, transparent governance, and responsive governance.

6. Who will manage the funding from KALAHI-CIDSS to implement community projects?

Volunteer management committees will manage the funds in the identified beneficiary areas.

KALAHI-CIDSS will create and standardize the following technical, social process, broad transparency, and accountability procedures in all of its communities to provide protections and local checks and balances:

  • Orientation, training, and standard operating and procedure guides on the KC-NCDDP community social preparation, procurement, finance, and infrastructure to local communities, LGU authorities, and the general public;
  • The disbursement of funding to communities is divided into smaller sums and is separated into two or three tranches.
  • Local KC-NCDDP workers conduct preliminary assessment, due diligence, and co-signing of community requests, transactions, and reports;
  • Transparency in local decision-making and access to project information are achieved through community reporting of project information and progress at Barangay Assembly and community monitoring meetings, as well as public display of project information and physical and financial progress on community notice boards.
  • Oversight will be exercised by local government officials, members of the local development council, and the barangay treasurer by endorsing community initiatives and engaging in community debates, planning, implementation, and monitoring sessions.
  • Keeping the membership of various community-level project management committees diversified, with training provided in connection with organizational development on community procurement, basic financial management, project management, simple audit, and operation and maintenance.
  • Creating an accessible grievance and complaint system for members of the community and the general public to report any wrongdoing to the KC-NCDDP;
  • Providing feedback to community people and local government officials during on-site supervision, audit, and monitoring inspections carried out by KC-NCDDP staff at various levels and external supervising Missions;
  • Local inter-municipality audits of financial, procurement, and related transactions recorded in community records are being sponsored.
  • Implementation of the sanctions provision in the KC-NCDDP Memorandum of Understanding with Local Government Units and Sub-Project Agreements with Communities; and
  • Establishment of a computerized KC-NCDDP database containing information at the municipality level, as well as web-based reports on KC-NCDDP-funded community projects.

7. What are community projects eligible for KALAHI-CIDSS support?

The KC-NCDDP will operate on an open menu structure, allowing communities to choose the projects that best address their top objectives. The KC-NCDDP may fund the following types of projects:

Basic service subprojects. This includes communal water systems, educational buildings, health care facilities, and power.

Infrastructure for accessibility. Footbridges, access roads, and pathways are all included in this category.

Infrastructure for community common services. These include pre- and post-harvest facilities, as well as small-scale irrigation systems.

Conservation and protection of the environment. Flood control systems, sea walls, artificial reef sanctuaries, and soil protection structures are all included in this category.

Improvement of skills and competency. Ecotourism projects are among them.

Other products that are not expressly prohibited in the Negative List.

Sub-Projects and Activities Prohibited for KC-NCDDP Funding:

  • Weapons, chainsaws (unless used in an emergency), explosives, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, asbestos, and other potentially hazardous goods and equipment are prohibited.
  • The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, Republic Act 8550, restricts fishing vessels and nets from exceeding the size and weight limits.
  • Road construction in protected areas
  • Using project financing to acquire or compensate for land
  • Microcredit and subsistence operations involving project re-lending
  • Maintenance and operation of project-funded facilities
  • Activities for which alternative financial sources have been offered in the past
  • Constant government expenditures (e.g. salaries for government and LGU staff)
  • Demonstrations, political and religious actions, and publications
  • Activities that pay children under the age of 16
  • The exploitation of women and men of any age Travel Consumption objects or occasions
  • Activities that contradict existing provincial regulations or policies, such as mining and logging
  • Qualifying sub-projects under the KC-post-disaster NCDDP’s activities can be expanded to include items such as the purchase and use of chainsaws to gather downed trees, shelters, and equipment acquisition.

8. What is the coverage of KALAHI-CIDSS?

The municipalities listed below are eligible for KALAHI-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program – Additional Financing (NCDDP-AF) funding:

According to the 2009 Small Area Estimates (SAE) of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), 4th – 6th class municipalities were identified as “poor,” that is, with a poverty incidence higher than the national average of 26.5%; and 1st – 3rd class municipalities had a high incidence of poverty (40 percent or higher).


Marginalized communities often are overlooked in society, but the DSWD, through the Kalahi-CIDSS Program, aims to create a pathway for these communities to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

This can be achieved by providing social services such as education, health, housing and livelihood support programs. The DSWD aims to continue its efforts in reaching out to these communities and ensuring that they have the basic needs they deserve.

We hope you’ve learned a lot from this article and can now better understand the importance of the DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS Program.

Development of Social Technologies by Social Technology Bureau

Development of Social Technologies by DSWD Social Technology Bureau

As we move with the changing times, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) understands the importance of technology and its role in transforming the lives of Filipinos. By using technology as a tool for social change, the agency can deliver better services to clients who are mostly from disadvantaged communities.

Also Read: List of DSWD Programs, Projects and Services

And as the world becomes more technology-driven, DSWD is also ensuring that the agency’s workforce has the skills and knowledge to adapt to these changes. To this end, DSWD is continuously investing on the development of social technologies and projects that will not only help increase its service delivery efficiency but also improve the lives of Filipinos. In this post, we share some of the social technologies that DSWD has been implementing.

Development of Social Technologies by Social Technology Bureau

What is the Socal Technology Bureau?

The DSWD-STB leads the development of social welfare and development programs for poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged Filipinos.

The DSWD will continue to develop responsive, transformative, and sustainable SWD models of intervention that address the needs of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged groups.

The DSWD will ensure a proactive and improved social technology development process, reducing turn-around time for the completion of models of intervention from conceptualization to pilot testing and evaluation.

The DSWD will provide continuing capacity building to its staff and intermediaries, facilitating organizational development activities to ensure holistic, rights-based, evidence-based, and participatory technologies.

The DSWD will conduct accelerated and intensified social marketing of SWD models of intervention to address gaps in responding to the needs of sectors served by DSWD Central and Field Offices, Social Welfare and Development Agencies, Local Government Units, and other intermediaries.

The social development sector has undergone many changes over the last few years. The use of social technology, sustainable intervention models, and organizational development has seen significant growth in the number of interventions and their impact on the communities. This growth can be attributed to an improved proactive SWD process that focuses on transforming people’s lives.

STB Framework & ST Development Process

The DSWD-STB Framework and Process is designed to ensure that DSWD-STB interventions are aligned with the needs of stakeholders. DSWD-STB can continually improve its services through feedback, monitoring, evaluation, and learning mechanisms.

Laws and Issuances

Here are some of the laws and issuances related to the DSWD-STB, and its framework and processes.

AO No. 06 S. 2016 – Enhanced Guidelines on Social Technology Development

AO No. 14 S. 2018 – Omnibus Guidelines on Social Technology Development

AO No. 34 S. 2003 – Framework for Social Technology Development

MC 06 S. 2011 – Guidelines on the Development of Social Technology Projects Series of 2010

MC No. 2 S. 2020 – Guidelines in Pilot-Testing of the Paghilom Program

MC. No. 33 S. 2020 – Guidelines for the Implementation of Yakap Bayan Program

List of Programs and Services

The DSWD-STB has various programs covering each sector of society. These are:

Children and Youth

Aruga At Kalinga Sa Mga Bata Sa Barangay (ARUGA)

Strategy for Implementing Foster Care Service in a Barangay for the Provision of Planned Substitute Parental Care to Abandoned, Neglected and Children in Need of Temporary Care.

In order to promote the implementation of foster care service in a barangay for the provision of planned substitute parental care to abandoned, neglected and children in need of temporary care, the DSWD-STB will be adopting a multi-pronged approach. They will start by holding meetings with the barangay officials, civic leaders and local government unit representatives so that they can understand the program and how it can help them achieve their respective goals.

The STB will also conduct a survey on abandoned, neglected and children in need of temporary care in our area to identify potential beneficiaries of the program. This way, the agency will be able to identify which areas need more attention than others which will help them determine what kind of program should best be implemented in those areas and how many beneficiaries they can target within those areas.

Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education Livelihood, And Other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD)

SHIELD is a program that aims to withdraw children from the worst forms of child labor through the provision of holistic and immediate interventions at the community level. This project was developed to comply with RA 9231, and contribute to the removal of one (1) million children from child labor by 2025 as committed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Child labor is a serious problem in many countries, and the DSWD-STB is proud to lead a project that’s working to eradicate it.

The SHIELD project helps to eliminate child labor, particularly its worst forms and those in the blanket ban (below 15 years old). They do this by:

  • Identifying child laborers in the community and ensuring evidence-based case management through an operational Child Labor Local Registry (CLLR) System.
  • Improving access of child laborers and their families to appropriate services.
  • Increasing awareness and capacities of child laborers, their families and duty-bearers in addressing child labor.

Buklod Paglaom Para Sa CICL Holistic Psychosocial and Economic (HOPE) Inventions for Children in Conflict with the Law (BUKLOD)

Buklod Paglaom para sa CICL is a project that combines center-based interventions with community-based interventions. It aims to address the risk factors in children and their families that caused them to offend, as well as the risk factors in the community that will more likely result in their reoffending if not addressed. The project puts emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration rather than retribution based on the principles of restorative justice.

The Center for Integrated Care and Learning (CICL) is a program that serves juveniles who are at high risk of re-offending. The program helps these juveniles develop and maintain positive behavior by giving them opportunities to participate in constructive activities and providing them with educational guidance and support.

The CICL program also helps dysfunctional families become responsive to the needs of their children for support and protection. In addition, it helps community members become responsible for preventing juvenile delinquency.

CICL participants who have completed their rehabilitation program are provided with intensive aftercare. This service aims to provide continuity of care for children and young people with a history of offending to ensure that they continue to engage in positive behavior.

Group work helps CICL respond to the problem about the negative influence and pressures exerted on a child by his peers to participate in gangs and engage in drug abuse and other illegal activities. In group sessions, participants learn how to resist peer pressure and make positive choices.

Individual sessions aim to address a child’s harmful behavior brought by lack of ability to control aggression and warped understanding of right and wrong. By addressing these issues, CICL develops the skills to cope effectively with stressors encountered at home or school.

Family sessions focus on the dynamics of family relations to support parents who cannot give appropriate guidance. The goal is for parents to become aware of their strengths as well as weaknesses so they can take advantage of available resources while promoting positive relationships among family members.

Youth Productivity Service (YPS)

The Youth Productivity Service (YPS) is a community-based strategy organization that aims to reduce poverty among out-of-school youths and youth at risk. The organization works with national government agencies, local government units, and civil society in order to provide integrated skills and facilitate job placement for out-of-school youths.

Comprehensive Program For Street Children, Street Families And Indigenous Peoples Especially Sama Bajaus (COMPRE)

The program is an integrated approach and a package of services and interventions to address the needs of street children, street families and Indigenous Peoples living or at-risk in the streets. The program desires to reduce activities and vulnerabilities of children and families at risk in the streets by responding to their immediate needs and engaging them in productive, cultural and developmental activities in a safe environment.

The program will ensure that children are in school and not roaming major thoroughfares through sustained developmental and age-appropriate activities. It will also provide access for children, families and unattached adults at risk on the streets to housing programs, basic social services, capacity enhancements and opportunities for parents to earn money while improving their parenting capabilities. It will engage other community stakeholders in the provision of various developmental services.

Modified Social Stress Model (MSSM)

As per the DSWD-STB, the MSSM framework assesses the specific needs of children recovering from substance use and abuse in residential care facilities. The MSSM framework is a global approach to identifying risk factors and protective factors that affect children in need of special protection. It is used to assess the specific needs of children recovering from substance use and abuse in residential care facilities.

The objectives of using MSSM are:

  • Improve management of children in need of special protection by using the MSSM framework in the DSWD centers/ residential facilities and other LGUs and NGOs operating residential care facilities
  • Institutionalize the use of MSSM tool in identifying the specific risk and protective factors affecting the client as well as in designing a responsive intervention plan
  • Guide the implementers (social workers and other members of the intervention team catering to CNSP on the use of MSSM

Special Drug Education Center (SDEC)

SDEC aims to develop and implement drug abuse prevention programs such as community information and education activities on the ill effects of drug abuse. It also seeks to build capacities of OSY / street children and their families towards the promotion of a positive lifestyle and drug-free home and community, advocate for local legislation, policies and programs, as well as generate resources, to support SDEC. The center also establishes linkages & maintains a data bank on OSY, street children and young drug-dependent individuals.

The objectives of SDEC are to:

  • Develop and implement drug abuse prevention programs such as community information and education activities on the ill effects of drug abuse
  • Build capacities of OSY / street children and their families towards the promotion of a positive lifestyle and drug-free home and community
  • Advocate for local legislation, policies and programs, as well as generate resources, to support the SDEC
  • Establish linkages & maintain a data bank on OSY, street children and young drug dependent



The DSWD-STB has developed a Wireless Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (WiSUPPORT) program to address mental health and psychosocial needs through wireless and online platforms. The program intends to make services more accessible to its intended clients by developing and utilizing technology-based platforms in compliance with infection prevention, control measures, and other related guidelines.

The DSWD will be able to ensure a systematic response to the psychosocial needs of individuals and families affected by COVID-19 and other crisis situations through the development of technology-based platforms.

These systems will support the operations of DSWD Central and Field Offices by facilitating intake, responding, referring, and recording of cases. The Department’s duties and responsibilities in the implementation of Republic Act No. 11036 will be executed with these systems in place.

Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP)

The Family Development for Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program (FDAPP) is a community-based presentation program designed to educate families and communities on the adheres effects of drug abuse. The program adheres to the provisions of RA 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which recognizes the vital role of the family in educating its members on the ill effects of dangerous drugs.

The objectives of FDAPP are:

  • To create awareness of families and communities on the underlying causes of drug abuse and its ill effects
  • To promote family life enrichment, strengthen Filipino family values and enhance relationships among its members
  • To mobilize families in the promotion of effective parenting and drug-free home and community.

To achieve these objectives, FDAPP’s components include organization of Family Councils, capacity building for families and service providers, training on health, socio-cultural, psychological, legal and economic dimensions and implications of the drug problem, advocacy networking and social mobilization.

Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils provide referral services and conduct information and education activities to promote drug-free home and community.

Strategies Toward Acceptance, Reintegration And Transformation For Poor Recovering Drug Dependent (START)

The START program aims to provide recovering drug dependents with the support and care they need in order to reintegrate into society as self-reliant, responsible members. The project is a community-based aftercare intervention that follows up on primary residential or outpatient rehabilitation programs in both government and non-government facilities. It is designed to help recovering drug dependents who have completed these programs, but it also aims to support their family members and communities in supporting their recovery process.

The objectives of the START program are to ensure that recovering drug dependents have bio-psychosocial, economic, moral, and spiritual development through their participation in this program.

The project also aims to mobilize families and community members along with individuals and families at risk for addiction problems so that all can be involved in supporting each other’s recovery process.

Finally, it seeks to promote interagency partnership for resource augmentation; local policies; coordination of efforts among agencies; and more effective interventions for those struggling with addiction problems.

The components of the project are:

  • Service delivery: Provision of services such as psychosocial interventions, financial assistance, capability building, skills training, and referral services to RDDs and their families
  • Advocacy: Raising the awareness of the people in the community on the ill-effects of drug abuse and in removing social stigma on RDDs
  • Organization of Support Groups: Formation and training of peer, family and community members to ensure successful reintegration of RDDs
  • Establishment of Inter-Agency Mechanism: Identification and organization of different government, non- government agencies, academe

Yakap Bayan

The objective of the Yakap Bayan Program is to provide adequate preparation/transition for reintegration among Recovering Persons Who Used Drugs (RPWUDs), enhance the coping capacities of RPWUDs with the demands of their dynamic environment upon return to their communities, facilitate an enabling environment for the transformation of RPWUDs in communities, and enhance the knowledge, attitudes and skills of families to serve as co-journeyers of RPWUDs towards recovery.

The program model in assisting RPWUDs to be socially functioning and maintain a lifestyle change from rehabilitation or treatment with the catalytic role of families, communities and Local Government Units (LGU) service providers. It will be implemented by Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) and will weave existing resources of the LGUs, NGOs and CSOs, adopting the whole-of-nation and community approach. It utilizes the continuum of care and prevents stigma through institutionalizing intervention at the barangay level.

Psychosocial Care And Support For Persons Living With HIV and AIDS And Their Families (PLHIV)

The project aims to enhance the access of PLHIVs and their affected family members to various support services and assistance. It also aims to provide psychosocial interventions to project beneficiaries, provide access for beneficiaries to educational and economic support and assistance, strengthen the capacities of social workers in managing PLHIV cases through capacity-building activities, and link beneficiaries to other services.

The components of this project are:

  • Advocacy
  • Capability Development of Service Providers
  • Organization and Sustainability of Family Support System
  • Economic and Psychosocial Services
  • Economic Empowerment and Assistance
  • Special Protection for children infected or affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Respite Care

Job Network Services (JNS)

This program’s objective is to provide clients access to job placement offices or companies that provide employment opportunities. The program will harness the skills and potential of the CIU clients to become gainfully employed and foster change in the impoverished situation of the CIU clients towards self-reliance to augment the family income. It will also put in place a network mechanism with resource agencies/individuals who may be able to assist with employment.

The components of this program are as follows:

  1. Social Preparation: This starts from problem determination, where the social worker prepares the clients’ readiness for Job seeking.
  2. Capability Building: This includes training for CIU staff on counselling, resume’ preparation and posting and use of the internet for searching for jobs.
  3. Provision of Services:
    • Job search assistance, where the client is referred to companies and resumes are entered into the job networks.
    • Conditional Cash Assistance Support, which includes the provision of cash assistance to clients for not more than six (6) months to be used for job searching, among others
    • Occupational Guidance / Counseling

Comprehensive Delivery of Reintegration Services for Deportees and Irregular Overseas Filipino Workers (BALIKBAYAN PROJECT)

The BALIKBAYAN PROJECT is a package of services that helps to address the adverse effects of repatriation, deportation and unemployment of OFWs and to provide support services for their effective reintegration into the Philippines. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To improve the quality of life of deportees, repatriates and returned irregular Filipino workers
  • To increase the socio-economic capacities of OFWs
  • To facilitate psychological healing and recovery and promote harmonious relationships among family members
  • To hasten the reintegration of the returned Filipinos into their families and communities
  • To promote inter-agency partnership for resource augmentation in response to the needs of OFWs and their families

The program has five components: advocacy and social preparation; capability building of implementers; establishment of an inter-agency mechanism; networking and resource generation.


Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-based Violence (CIAGV)

The CIAGV is a holistic framework that aims to better understand and address gender-based violence (GBV) in the community through increased access to quality response and reintegration services and participation in preventive actions.

The objectives of the CIAGV are:

  • Reduce the incidence of gender-based violence, in both normal and emergency/ crisis situations
  • Improve the provision of services to victim-survivors of GBV
  • Facilitate socio-economic integration of GBV survivors.

The main components are:

  1. Prevention: increase awareness of the general population and vulnerable groups (rural, urban, IP) on the knowledge and perception of GBV, and strategies to combat it.
  2. Response: improve service delivery systems to survivors through specialized trainings and improved centers during crisis situations.
  3. Reintegration: provision of services that will support healing, rebuilding lives, and smooth return of victim-survivors to the community

Gender Responsive Case Management (GRCM)

GRCM is a case management model for victim-survivors utilizing gender-, strengths- and rights-based perspectives, guiding principles, and tools to facilitate the healing and recovery of every survivor of gender-based violence (GBV). It starts from the recognition of gender biases against women and girls in the home, community and society, and pursues empowerment of women to see their value and status in relation to self, family and society. It also addresses the victim-survivor’s immediate and long-term needs through a responsive helping relationship between the case manager and the survivor.


  • Ensure the healing and recovery of victim-survivors of GBV through improved case management
  • Facilitate and advocate timely, coordinated, age- and gender-appropriate delivery of services to meet the various needs of the sector
  • Capacitate case managers on gender sensitivity, self-awareness and reflective practices


Ender Violence Survivor Assessment (GVSA) – Uses a simplified listing of internal and external factors relevant to the presenting problems of the survivor Interdisciplinary Gender Assessment (IDGA) – The interdisciplinary team conducts the assessment in order to set a common goal for helping the survivor.

Domestic Violence Survivor Assessment (DVSA)

The Change Model looks at two main areas to determine what causes disruptive behavior: the relationship and the survivor who exhibits that disruptive behavior.

Women Friendly Space (WFS)

Women’s Family Support Centers (WFS) are facilities established in evacuation camps, transitional sites or communities to address the practical and strategic needs of women during crisis situations, especially natural or man-made disasters. It aims to respond to the effects of displacement and vulnerability of women to crisis situations through the provision of wide range of services to help them cope with their situation and prepare them for their return to communities.

The objectives of WFS are:

  • Provide a safe space for internally displaced women
  • Increase awareness among women and community members on issues related to well-being, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Ensure access of internally displaced women to economic activities and other services
  • Enhance knowledge and skills of internally displaced women so they can participate in matters concerning their needs and interests

The components of WFS include:

  • Gender awareness education and information sessions: WFS facilitators disseminate information about WFS and its services, as well as raise awareness of women on the prevention of gender-based violence.
  • Service delivery: Access to services such as psychosocial support, reproductive health, cash for work, life skills using the Gender and Equality and Women Empowerment Framework.
  • Partnership and networking: WFS may be used for gender awareness and education on women’s empowerment and gender equality targeting men and boys

Counseling Services for Rehabilitation of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (CSRPDV)

The Counseling Services for Rehabilitation of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (CSRPDV) is a community-based intervention that utilizes a simplified counseling model designed for the male perpetrators of domestic violence. Series of counseling sessions are conducted to change the perpetrator’s abusive behavior geared towards healing which aims to stop the cycle of violence.


  • Provide counseling sessions to male perpetrators of domestic violence geared towards developing non-abusive behavior.
  • Engage the family and community in the rehabilitation process of male perpetrators of domestic violence.
  • Organize and mobilize volunteers as community support system for the transformation of the male perpetrators of domestic violence.
  • Strengthen the capability of service providers in managing rehabilitation services for perpetrators.


  • Capability Building: Undertake appropriate capability building activities to enhance knowledge, attitudes and skills of the implementer by understanding the service framework, processes, and procedures.
  • Counselling Sessions: Counseling approach with focus on Enhancing Personal and Family Resilience, Activating and Nurturing Family Resilience, and Care


Sheltered Workshop for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons (SWPDOP)

The Sheltered Workshop is a community-based facility designed to provide training and productive employment for persons with disability (PWD) and older persons (OP) by producing and selling goods or services for additional income. The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide capability building activities for PWDs and OPs.
  • To provide employment for PWDs and OPs who can function under controlled environment.
  • To advocate for community support for PWDs and OPs, especially persons with developmental disability.
  • To provide opportunities to parents, siblings, and community members to actively participate in the rehabilitation of person with disability and older persons, whichever is applicable.
  • To strengthen the expertise of staff/ workers in operationalizing sheltered workshop, specifically designed to meet the needs of person with disability and older persons.
  • To provide Older persons the opportunity to continue working and contributing to society while enjoying a reasonable quality of life.
  • To increase community awareness on issues that affects both the PWDs and OPs

Community Action and Resources for Accessible and Better Living Environments for Persons with Disability (CARE-ABLE)

CARe-ABLE is the community-based intervention that helps people with disabilities access existing resources, programs, and services in their communities. The project seeks to provide holistic interventions to people with disabilities and reduce barriers for greater access to resources both from the government and non-government sectors.

The main objectives of CARe-ABLE are as follows:

  • Increase access of people with disabilities to social protection programs
  • Strengthen city, municipal and barangay mechanisms in providing programs and services for people with disabilities
  • Improve capacities of people with disabilities for self-care and economic productivity

The CARe-ABLE project has four components:

  1. Establishment of Barangay Helpdesks—a venue within the community for coordination with LGUs and other offices for faster, better and more coordinated delivery of services
  2. Support Services—accessing PWDs and their families to health, nutrition and medical care, psychosocial services including assessment fees, mainstream education, livelihood, socio- cultural and social enhancement programs among others
  3. Capability Building—values enrichment, capability building and skills training to develop self-esteem improve life perspectives and address personal barriers
  4. Strengthening Local Mechanisms—establishment of linkages to public institutions transport business sectors other government non-government institutions providing caring environments support

Intergenerational Program for Older Persons and Children (INTERGEN)

The objective of this program is to enrich the lives of older persons while also promoting intergenerational harmony. This program will help older persons share their knowledge and skills with the younger generation in an integrated and intergenerational environment.

This program aims to increase community awareness on issues of both the young and old claim holders and on social problems relative to the transfer of culture across generations.

This program will provide intergenerational services through structured activities that will bring harmony to claimholders, such as early stimulation, acquisition of basic skills, inculcation of values and socialization for children.

It will develop an appreciation for the rich Filipino cultural heritage and history. It will promote an understanding of shared values and respect for individuals in all stages of life. It will provide opportunities for older persons and other claim holders to participate in economic and social education as well as spiritual development activities in communities or centers. It will provide psychosocial intervention to senior citizens, children and other members of their families.

Home Care Support Services for Senior Citizens: (HCSSSC)

The Home Care Services for Senior Citizens (HCSSSC) program is a community-based program that aims to provide quality care for the sick, frail, bedridden senior citizens in their own homes through their family/kinship carers and homecare volunteers. The project ensures that older persons, their families and communities promote healthy and harmonious family relationships and take effective steps to provide care and protection to the sick, frail, bedridden, disabled, abandoned and neglected senior citizens.

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  • Provide a package of caregiving services for senior citizens who have difficulty performing activities of daily living due to old age and ailments
  • Capacitate volunteers to plan and deliver home care support services to the senior citizens in their own homes
  • Encourage active participation of the family in establishing and sustaining programs and services for the senior citizens
  • Enhance capabilities of implementing LGUs/P0s, senior citizens organizations in the delivery of services to home care beneficiaries
  • Raise public awareness of the needs and aspirations of senior citizens

The Reporting and Prevention System Project Program for Elderly Abuse Cases (RESPPEC)

The Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elderly Abuse Cases (ReSPPEC) is a community-based project that strengthens partnerships and networks between and among the senior citizen sector, stakeholders, and partners to ensure holistic and efficient delivery of services to respond to elderly abuse cases.

The project will develop a holistic system that will put into place mechanisms and necessary procedures and protocols to report, investigate, intervene, document, monitor formally, and provide follow-up services to community elder abuse victims.

The project also provides support groups for perpetrators/abusers and treatment on ways to change their behavior. It has components for values formation and rehabilitation of perpetrators/abusers to stop the cycle of violence. This project will also strengthen family and peer support to prevent abuse among the elderly.


To protect the rights of the elderly against all forms of abuse by knowing detecting elder abuse and ways of preventing it, as well as the establishment of local reporting mechanisms and referral systems in order to provide services for their full rehabilitation/recovery.


  • To establish local reporting mechanisms in management of Elder Abuse cases
  • To capacitate the people in the communities
  • To develop data banking system on Elder Abuse cases
  • Provide support services not limited to psycho-social, economic, medical, legal to the elder abuse victim-survivor and their families
  • To provide rehabilitation and support services for suspected abusers/ offender to mitigate the effects of violence
  • Intensify public awareness on elder abuse through advocacy activities


Sama-Bajau Localized Intervention & Learning Approach Fop Holistic Improvement (SALLNLAHI)

SaLInLAHI is a community-based project anchored on rights-based, child protection and culture-based approaches. It aims to ensure and sustain the protection and promotion of the rights and well-being of poor Sama-Bajau children through culture-based early childhood care and development (ECCD) services.

SaLInLAHI provides age-appropriate and culture-based learning sessions for Sama- Bajau children aged 3-4 and prepares them for regular education. The project strengthens paternal, maternal and child care education to prevent maternal and child mortality among Sama-Bajau, who are known for their high mortality rate especially among mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. It also strengthens the support of families and indigenous leaders for the protection of children 0-4 years old.

The components include: Culture-based Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Sessions grounded on indigenous knowledge, systems and practices of Sama-Bajau which are appropriate adaptable to the growth formation of children 0-4 years old; Empowering Learning Sessions for Indigenous Peoples Initiatives (ELIPI); Organization of Sama Bajau Volunteers


Team Balikatan Rescue in Emergencies (TEAMBRE)

The TeamBRE Project is a partnership of the City/Municipal/Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) and fisherfolk in coastal barangays and disaster-prone communities. The project aims to enable the fisherfolks to become contributing members of their families and communities by making them partners in disaster preparedness and response while providing them alternative source of livelihood during lean or typhoon months. This is in response to the situational analysis which found that they have low economic productivity and have high casualty rates during typhoon.

The objectives of TeamBRE are as follows:

• Enhance the skills of fisherfolks on disaster preparedness and response

• Organize the fisherfolks as TeamBRE volunteers to respond safely in disasters and emergencies in partnership with City/Municipal/Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council

• Augment family income during lean or typhoon months

The components include capability building, training of TeamBRE volunteers and project partners on Family Based Disaster Preparedness and Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE), support services such as cash/food for work, skills training, livelihood assistance

Video: The Social Technology Bureau

Here’s an AVP by the DSWD showcasing the role and functions of the Social Technology Bureau (STB). Find out more about the bureau’s role in the DSWD and how it helps connect people to social services.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the mandate of Social Technology Bureau (STB)?

Develop and enhance technologies that will address current and emerging needs of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

2. What are the Divisions of the Social Technology Bureau?

  • Research and Design Division (RDD) – this division is responsible for developing, testing and implementing information and communication technology (ICT) applications that will address the current and emerging needs of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.
  • Pilot Implementation Division (PID) – this division is responsible for the implementation of the projects developed by RDD and is tasked to ensure that all technologies are in line with the government’s policies, standards and procedures.
  • Promotion and Institutionalization Division (PaID) – this division is responsible for ensuring that all technologies developed by RDD and PID are disseminated to the public through various channels, including government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).

3. What are the Key Results Areas of the Bureau?

  • Research and Design on the Needs of the Target Sector – The Bureau aims to develop and implement technologies that are relevant and useful in addressing the needs of its target sector. This is achieved by conducting research on the needs of the sector and identifying solutions that will address these needs.
  • Pilot Testing of Innovative Models of Intervention – The Bureau conducts pilot testing of its technologies and models of intervention. This is done to improve the quality of the interventions, as well as to assess their effectiveness in addressing the needs of the target sector.
  • Promotion and Institutionalization of completed SWD Models of Intervention – The Bureau promotes and institutionalizes the completed SWD models of intervention. This is done in partnership with other government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as private institutions. The Bureau also provides support to these partners by providing technical assistance, training and capacity building.

4. How many models of interventions/programs were developed by the Department?

There are twenty (20) social technologies that respond to the needs of children, families and women.

5. What are the developed models of interventions/ programs for the families/ family sector?

1. Family Drug Abuse Prevention Program (FDAPP) – The program is a community-based prevention program designed to educate families and communities on the adverse effects of drug abuse.

2. Psychosocial Care and Support for Person Living with HIV- The project is a community-based intervention for the prevention and management of the risks and problems associated with HIV infection.

3. Job Network Services for Perennial Clients of Crisis Intervention Unit – A community-based project anchored on the principle of self-reliance.

4. Comprehensive Delivery of Reintegration Services for Deportees and Irregular OFWs- A package of services that helps to address adverse effects of repatriation, deportation and unemployment of OFWs and to provide support services for their effective reintegration to the Philippines

5. What are the developed models of interventions/ programs for Women sector?

1. Comprehensive Intervention against Gender Violence (CIAGV)- A program that provides a holistic framework on prevention, response and reintegration to better understand and address gender-based violence in the community.

2. Gender Responsive Case Management (GRCM)- A case management model utilizing the gender, strengths and rights-based perspective, with guiding principles, and tools to facilitate the healing and recovery of every survivor of gender-based violence.

3. Women-Friendly Space (WFS) – A facility or structure established in evacuation camps, transitional sites or communities to address the practical and strategic needs of women during crisis situations, especially natural or man-made disasters.

4. Counseling Service for Rehabilitation of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (CSRPDV)- The project is a social work intervention which utilizes a simplified counseling model designed specifically for male-perpetrators of do

6. What are the developed models of interventions/ programs for children/ youth sector?

  1. Special Drug Education Center (SDEC) – he center is a community-based facility established for the provision of anti-illegal-drug education, livelihood skills training, leadership training, and other community development activities for out-of-school youths and street children.
  2. Sharing of Computer Access Local and Abroad (SCALA)
  3. Buklod Paglaom Para sa CICL- A project combining services and interventions in center and community-based settings. Using a holistic approach, it aims to reduce cases of re-offending by addressing the risk factors in CICL, their families and communities.
  4. Aruga at Kalinga sa mga Bata sa Barangay- A strategy to promote the implementation of foster care service in a Barangay to provide a planned substitute parental care to abandoned, neglected and other children in need of temporary care.
  5. Modified Social Stress Model (MSSM) – A tool in assessing the needs of children recovering from substance use and abuse in residential care facilities.
  6. Youth Productivity Service (YPS) -A community-based strategy on convergence among national government agencies, local government units and civil society organizations to provide integrated skills and facilitate job placement among out-of-school youth (OSY) and youth-at-risk.

7. What are the developed models of interventions/ programs for the sectors of older persons, persons with disability, indigenous people and internally displaced persons?

  1. Intergenerational Program for Older Persons and Children
  2. Home Care Support Services for Senior Citizens- A community-based program that aims to provide quality care for the sick, frail, bedridden senior citizens in their own homes through their family/kinship carers and homecare volunteers.
  3. Sama Bajau Localized Intervention and Learning Approach for Holistic Intervention (SALINLAHI) – SaLInLAHI is a community-based project that is anchored on rights-based, child protection and culture-based approaches. It is focused on the learning and development of 0-4-year-old Sama-Bajau children.
  4. Sheltered Workshop for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities
  5. Community Action and Resources for Accessible and Better Living Environment for PWDs (CARe-ABLE) for PWDs- The project is a community-based intervention which enables persons with disability (PWDs) to access available resources, programs and services in the community.
  6. Team Balikatan Rescue in Emergencies (TeamBRE)-A program that organizes and mobilizes fisherfolks for joint undertakings in the rescue and evacuation of affected families in coastal barangays and disaster-prone communities.


As you’ve noted, there are various efforts in which DSWD-STB has been involved. The key to the success of these programs is that they are rooted in a strong sense of community and shared responsibility. Thus, DSWD-STB has always believed that marginalized people in the community should be able to develop skills and abilities that will help them become self-reliant and productive in their communities.

We hope that after you’ve read this article, you learned a lot about the work that DSWD-STB does in the community. If you know someone who might benefit from the programs that DSWD-STB offers, don’t hesitate to share this article with them. 

Contact Information

DSWD Social Technology Bureau (STB)
Address: 3RD Floor, Matapat Building Department Of Social Welfare And Development – Central Office IBP Road, Constitution Hills, Batasan Complex, Quezon City
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Telephone: 02-8951-7124; 02-8951-2802; 02-8931-8144
Email: soctech@dswd.gov.ph
Website: https://stb.dswd.gov.ph/

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