101 NGOs register with DSWD
Davao City (4 June) -- Some 101 social development non-government organizations have registered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as of first quarter 2009. Out of this figure, 77 were issued a License to Operate.
DSWD Standards Unit Head Alfredo M. Sy said these social development organizations provide programs for children and youth, family and community, disaster victims, persons with disability, older persons, cancer patients, women, drug dependents and indigenous peoples.
At least 43 of the registered NGOs are focused on children and youth; 33 cater to family and community; 10 are on persons with disability; eight on women; while the rest serve older persons, drug dependents, and indigenous peoples, Sy said.
A license is a certificate issued by DSWD to an agency which has complied with the statutory requirements to operate. It is the legal mandate of an NGO and it is permanent unless suspended or revoked. RA 4373 requires NGOs and government entities "utilizing social work methods and interventions to secure a license from DSWD before they can operate as a social work/social welfare and development agency."
The DSWD, through its regulatory function provides the standards and guidelines that govern the service delivery by the NGOs to ensure that the goal of uplifting the well-being of the disadvantaged is achieved.
Sy said when an agency is granted a license, it becomes eligible for accreditation which is the proof that an NGO delivers the basic program and services that are within the standards set by government through DSWD.
"Of the 77 licensed NGOs, 27 have been accredited by DSWD," Sy said.
Among the licensed NGOs are: The Field of Dreams Children's Charity Foundation, Inc.; Josefa Segovia Foundation, Inc.; Kaugmaon Center for Children's Concerns Foundation, Inc.; Living Stones Network of Hope Foundation, Inc.; Padre Pio's Home for Children, Inc.; Haven of Hope; Sagop-Palad Foundation, Inc.; Tambayan Center for Children's Rights, Inc.; Hugpong sa Kalambuan Dabaw, Inc.; Immaculate Conception Children's Program, Inc.; United Muslim, Christian and Lumads for Peace; Philippine Agency for Community and Family; Davao Autism Intervention Center Foundation, Inc.; and Center for Overseas Workers Foundation, Inc.
"These licensed NGOs along with social welfare offices of local government units have been organized by DSWD into Area-Based Standards Network or ABSNet which has built its capabilities along standards development, licensing and accreditation assessment," Sy explained.
In the region, there are three ABSNet Clusters: ABSNet Davao City, Davao North and Davao Del Sur respectively headed by Leah Henson, Wilfredo Castillo and Percilito Macumbo.
Starting 2005, ABSNet has become a partner of DSWD in assessing NGOs and private groups applying for license and accreditation at DSWD. In 2008, 50 ABSNet clusters were organized nationwide composed of 242 LGUs and 884 NGOs.
Meanwhile, a total of 1960 day care centers and 1951 day care workers have been accredited by DSWD in Region XI since 2000. (DSWD/degsduron-PIA XI) [top]