11 DSWD personnel test positive for COVID-19; 964 under quarantine

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is monitoring the health condition of its 11 personnel who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement on Sunday, the DSWD assured it will extend necessary assistance to its employees, depending on their needs, as well as in the form of psychosocial interventions and financial support.

The department said that of its COVID-19 positive employees, four are from its Field Office (FO) in the National Capital Region, four from FO Calabarzon, and three from FO Central Visayas.

It also reported that some 964 other personnel are on self-quarantine, which the DSWD said will be given family food packs.

The DSWD has close to 30,000 personnel nationwide.

Despite the threat of COVID-19, the department said its frontline workers “remain committed to their jobs of delivering unhampered service, including the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program.”

It added that ensuring the health and safety of its personnel, especially the frontliners, is part of its preparations for a smoother and more efficient implementation of SAP second tranche.

The DSWD is set to distribute the second tranche of the government cash subsidy to “waitlisted” beneficiaries this week. The agency will partly employ digital payment scheme to expedite payouts.

“Aside from the SAP, DSWD frontliners also implement regular programs such as the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding for Children, and other rehabilitative and protective services for the vulnerable sectors, as well as disaster relief operations,” it said.

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