In line with its commitment to enhance service delivery, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista led the inauguration of the Php 17.7 million newly-built Regional Operations Center, Isolation Facility, and Storage Building of the DSWD Field Office IX on March 11.
Equipped with an Information and Communications Technology System, the Regional Operations Center will serve as a conduit of the Agency Operations Center that will be used for monitoring, collecting, analyzing, storing, and processing of data and or information on the various social welfare programs and projects.
Meanwhile, the 600-square meter Regional Storage Building will serve as a repository of the food and non-food items (FNFIs) that will ensure the availability of resources that can be augmented to neighboring localities during disasters and calamities.
In the past years, the Department rented three storage facilities yearly for the safekeeping of financial documents and FNFIs for disasters and calamities.
“In due time, we can transfer our food and non-food items to our storage facility. In a way, it is a big saving for us,” Secretary Bautista said.
In addition, the Isolation Facility, registered as one of Zamboanga City and Department of Health’s (DOH) Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF), is a 212-square-meter center with a 14-bed capacity and two rooms for Persons with Disability (PWD).
The construction of these newly-inaugurated facilities is part of the Department’s effort to further improve the delivery of “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo.”
Honoring partners, employees in Zamboanga
Part of the Secretary’s visit to the Zamboanga Peninsula is the recognition of the exemplary employees and partners from the Field Office (FO) IX for their exceptional contribution to the DSWD’s goal of empowering the disadvantaged and marginalized sectors.
“Despite the pandemic, disasters, and other crises encountered, I am very proud of Field Office IX for remaining true to its duty. As the lead agency in social protection, we cannot afford to let our clients down no matter what happens. And you went beyond expectations in providing “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo” not only to Zamboanga peninsula, but also to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, through the delivery of social protection programs and services,” Secretary Bautista said during the 71st Founding Anniversary celebration of the Field Office IX.
The DSWD Secretary was joined by Field Office IX Regional Director Atty. Sittie Raifah Pamaloy-Hassan and Assistant Regional Directors Riduan Hadjimuddin and Fatima Caminan, in conferring the awardees for various categories under the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE awards, Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan or PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards, as well as Loyalty Awards.
“Let us all continue to work together towards the attainment of ‘Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay’ para sa mga Pilipino,” Secretary Rolando added.
The 71st Founding Anniversary centered on the theme “DSWD@71: Napapanahon na Pagtugon sa Suliranin ng Taong 2022, Kabalikat at Katatagan ng Bawat Pilipino.”