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Increased social protection and catastrophe response from DSWD and Australia

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Rex Gatchalian, secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), plans to transform the Social Welfare Development Center for Asia and the Pacific (SWADCAP) into an academy that will provide certificate programs and short-term courses to better prepare and train the social service workforce.

Gatchalian reported this idea to Hae Kyong Yu, the Australian ambassador to the Philippines, and her delegation on March 15 at the DSWD central office in Quezon City, according to a press release issued by the agency on Friday.

Social workers, non-governmental organizations, local government employees, and other service providers involved in the provision of social protection packages to the vulnerable and disadvantaged sector are among the social service workforce that will be developed by the center.

Assuring Yu of full cooperation from the Australian government, Ambassador Yu also announced plans to educate instructors for the academy as well as offer training materials or pathways for CPD programs.

Gatchalian also made mentioned the DSWD’s disaster response mechanism at the meeting as one of his top goals.

The SHIELD Program, a disaster preparedness initiative endorsed and funded by the Australian government and currently being undertaken with 11 local government units in the nation, was discussed by representatives of the Australian Embassy in response to this.

The embassy delegation promised to share their best practices and disaster response strategy with the DSWD.

To better improve the quality of services for Filipinos, the DSWD continues to develop and widen its collaborations with foreign organizations.

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