Gatchalian improves DSWD aid response

February 19, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 313 views

DSWD chief visits Philippine Red Cross Operations Center

IN its continuing efforts to improve its disaster and relief response, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian visited the Philippine Red Cross Operations Center in Mandaluyong City last Wednesday.

The purpose of the visit was to check the facilities and resources of the Operations Center of the Philippine Red Cross as well as their best practices in deploying immediate response and assistance to people in need, especially the disaster-affected families and individuals.

Gatchalian explained that the goal of the visit is to get inputs from existing and notable command centers such as the Philippine Red Cross Operations Center and apply it as the Department is in the process of upgrading its command center.

As soon as he assumed office as the head of the DSWD, enhancing the command center, setting up logistics networks and additional warehouses for relief goods and family food packs in strategic locations, and bringing the private sector in are some of the major thrusts and priorities of Secretary Gatchalian to strengthen the disaster response mechanisms of the Department.

Joining the Secretary during the visit were Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG), Atty. Marco M. Bautista; Assistant Secretary for DRMG, Dr. Diana Rose S. Cajipe; Disaster Response Management Bureau Director Michael Cristopher R. Mathay; and National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau Officer-in-Charge, Corazon L. Macaraeg.

DSWD ranks 3rd best-rated government service employer in Inquirer’s survey

The DSWD ranked 3rd under the government service category of the “Philippines’ Best Employers 2023”, a survey and research conducted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in partnership with Statista, a Hamburg-based market research company.

Overall, the DSWD grabbed 54th place among the top 300 best employers in 2023.

The research covered some 100,000 recommendations across 27 industries such as government services; aerospace and defense; banking and financial services; education; healthcare and social, among others.

The result of the ranking is a culmination of an extensive and comprehensive research project which covered thousands of evaluations, opinions from employees, and scores from other companies.

The result showed the DSWD’s positive relationship with its workforce, while maintaining an effective delivery of social protection packages to its clients and stakeholders – the vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged sectors of society.

With this positive development, the DSWD vowed to continue to undertake efforts that will put a premium on employee wellness and safety.