The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joined other national government agencies in the launching of the Aid and Humanitarian Operations Nationwide (AHON) Convergence Program in San Benito, Surigao del Norte (Siargao) on June 9.
Implemented under Executive Order No. 137, the AHON Program aims to institutionalize a platform for an enhanced and unified delivery of social amelioration services to poor and marginalized communities around the country.
Among the services that can be availed from the program include basic services such as food and non-food relief items, livelihood assistance, educational assistance, burial assistance, transportation assistance, employment assistance, medical and health assistance, direct financial assistance, and infrastructure for preparedness and rehabilitation facilities.
DSWD serves as the Vice Chair of the AHON Program and is responsible for the provision of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services.
The event was attended by DSWD Assistant Secretary for Visayas Affairs Victor Neri, together with PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, DSWD Field Office Caraga OIC Regional Director Ramel F. Jamen, and San Benito Municipal Mayor Maria Gina Menil.
DSWD pledges to work hand-in-hand with concerned agencies to ensure a well-coordinated provision of social welfare and development services to support the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable sectors of society.