The Women’s Welfare Program is one of the regular programs of the Ministry of Social Services which aims to promote the welfare of disadvantaged women giving special attention to the prevention, eradication of exploitation of women in any forms as well as promotion of skills for employment and self-actualization.
When the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Government was established, the DSWD was devolved by virtue of Republic Act 6734, otherwise known as the Organic for Muslim Mindanao, as amended by Republic Act 9054 or the Expanded Autonomy as a result of the MNLF-GRP Final Peace Agreement of September 1996.
On October 28, 1990, the DSWD National turned-over its powers and functions to ARMM. Thus, followed the setting-up of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the autonomous region. The set-up of the then DSWD-ARMM’s regular programs were patterned from the previous set-up of the DSWD Central Office before its own re-engineering; thus the inclusion of the unit offices: the Family and Community Welfare Program (FCWP), Women’s Welfare Program (WWP), Child and Youth Welfare Program (CYWP), Disabled Persons Welfare Program (DPWP) and the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP).
However, as years passed by, the DSWD Central Office had changed their set-up considering the needs, scope, applicability, and appropriateness of the programs. Bureau on Protective Services, Policy and Programs Bureau, and others were established at the DSWD national level, while that of DSWD-ARMM remains as it is.
Below are the Terms of References of the five (5) program staff:
|POSITION||ROLES AND FUNCTIONS|
|Social Welfare Officer IV (SWO IV)
/Women’s Welfare Program Specialist
|· Supervises and manages the over-all implementation of the program/unit;
· Establishes networking and linkages with other program units, partner agencies and other concerned stakeholders;
· Reviews and analyzes reports and data inputs;
· Monitors project implementation and address program-related concerns; and,
· Performs other tasks as maybe assigned by the agency head.
|Social Welfare Officer I (SWO I)||· Conducts social case assessment to walk-in clients (intake/collateral interview, home visits, referral);
· Disseminates and implements program-related services;
· Prepares project and activity proposals;
· Safe keeps all reports on managed cases;
· Prepares monthly statistical and narrative reports; and,
· Performs other tasks as maybe assigned by the supervisor.
|Social Welfare Assistant (SWA)||· Conducts social case assessment in coordination with the SWO I;
· Does encoding tasks of program documentations and the like ;
· Assists in the dissemination and implementation of program-related services;
· Prepares and submits feedback reports on managed cases;
· Assists in the preparation of monthly statistical and narrative reports; and,
· Performs other tasks as maybe assigned by the supervisor.
|Administrative Assistant I||· Collects and retrieves reports from the MSS provincial offices;
· Facilitates the preparation of all the necessary documents as required in the conduct of trainings, meetings and other activities like parade or motorcade;
· Prepares the required documents in requesting office supplies and equipment;
· Prepares liquidation reports and other important reports as necessary; and
· Performs other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
|Clerk I||· Does all clerical works;
· Receives and keeps custody of office supplies requisitioned by the program;
· Manages and files reports, communications, memorandum and other related documents;
· Ensures that daily attendance sheets of program staff and their personnel data are intact; and
· Performs other tasks as maybe assigned by the supervis
The target beneficiaries are the socially disadvantaged women within the ages of 18-59 years old needing social welfare services. These include women who have no access or limited opportunity for education, personal, maternal and child care, livelihood, self-enhancement, and community participation, thus, deterring them from participation in development.
These women may be drawn from but not limited to any of the following groups:
- Mothers of children in Day Care Centers
- Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC) such as:
- Victims of involuntary/forced prostitution/VIFP
- Victims of illegal recruitment/VIR
- Women in Detention /WD
- Women who are battered or abused/WBA
- Victims of Sexual Abuse/VSA
- Victims of Armed Conflict/VAC
- Distressed Overseas Filipinos
- Women in Emergencies (Evacuation Centers)
- Others (strandees, those tracing relatives)
The following indicators are considered in selecting, identifying and prioritizing the beneficiaries:
- Women must be 18-59 years old
- Disadvantaged women
- Victims of Gender-Based Violence
- Services and Strategies
A. Women’s Resources, Initiatives and Trainings
|Advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls to exercise their rights against discrimination and violence.
|· Conduct Women’s Community-Based Enriched Modular Package Sessions (Self-Enhancement, Gender Sensitivity, Self-care, Maternal and Child Care Nutrition, Early Childhood Illnesses, Environmental Sanitation, Leadership, Community Participation, Basic Business Management Training, Numeracy and Social Communication Skills Development)
· Comprehensive Interventions Against Gender-based Violence
· Celebration of important events (March 8 as International Women’s Day, March as Women’s Month, Nov 25-Dec 12 for the 18-day Anti-VAW campaign)
· Conduct of Women Leaders Conventions (R/P/M)
· Participation to fora/conferences and trainings
B . Women’s Opportunities to Microenterprise Benefits (WOMB)
|Increased options for economic security through technical assistance, access to credit and marketability.||· Practical Skills Development for women and girls
· Sustainable Livelihood Assistance
· Referrals for microenterprise development
· Coordination meetings with other financing institutions
· Technical assistance
· Monitoring and Evaluation
|PROTECTION AND SECURITY
|Strengthening of human rights protection systems and participatory mechanisms.||· Counselling sessions
· Financial assistance to needy clients
· Coordination meetings of LCATVAWCs in all levels
· Referral of cases to concerned institutions for important interventions or other support services
· Gender-Responsive Case Management conferences
· Temporary shelter in the Women’s Halfway Home
- Service Flow Chart – (Please see attached)
- Reports and Documents Used
- Intake Sheet
- Informed Consent
- Referral Form
- Social Case Study Report
- Monitoring Form
- Work and Financial Plans
- Other Internal and External Reporting Forms
- Documentation and Feed Backing
Reports and other programs’ documents are properly filed in a prescribed space and cabinets with consideration of confidentiality and safety. Feedbacking among WWP staff is conducted every month, submission of statistical and narrative reports every 25th of the month, and conducts of periodical monitoring and evaluation usually every semester and year-end.
HARMONIZATION AND INTEGRATION
The Women’s Welfare Program works closely with other regular programs within the MSS like the FCWP, CYWP, DPWP and EAP as well as with the banner programs like 4Ps, SLP, SFP, RRPTP, and RRJWC in terms of identifying beneficiaries, designing and planning of programs and projects, delivery and project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
The Women’s Welfare Program specialist specifically is often times invited to trainings and workshops of both regular and banner programs to discuss Gender and Development; participated in the conduct of psychosocial activities; and served as resource person on GAD Training to various institutions like PNP, Philippine Army, schools, other ARMM and non-ARMM agencies.
The staff also participated in the relief operation during disasters and emergencies, and had supported the dissemination and delivery of other MSS’ programs and services.
The program also actively participated in the regional and national conferences /workshops conducted by partner agencies like DSWD Central Office, RCBW, UNFPA, UNICEF, other local and national government and international non-governmental.
The program, because of its meager fund, has also provided non-monetary services like counseling services (for couples, youth, distressed women and girls), referrals, popularization of gender in the context of Islam. Psychosocial activities are also enhanced in partnership with the LGUs and other partners. Survivors of Gender-Based Violence, either in normal and in emergency situations, are assured of being served and provided with appropriate and necessary interventions. Assistance through financial means are also given. Other cases were referred to concerned agencies or MSS’ provincial offices for other support services. There are numbers of women who are beneficiaries of 4Ps, Sustainable Livelihood Programs (SLP) and PAMANA-CDD and collaboration is anchored on advocacy and promotion of women’s rights, benefits and privileges. Topics concerning women’s rights promotion were being discussed in the regular Family Development Sessions (FDS) of 4Ps, and some women lead the SLP and PAMANA community livelihood associations.