Quirino, Ilocos Sur – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 continues to disseminate its programs and services through its DSWD Information / Serbisyo Caravan.

Dr. Allan Alejandro Sevilla II, Doctor of Medicine (left) of Quirino, Ilocos Sur Primary Health Care Facility spearheaded the medical mission together with DSWD Human Resource Welfare Section Nurse Leah Joy Suyat.

Eager to bring its program services closer to the people, DSWD held its caravan at Brgy. Patiacan, Quirino, Ilocos Sur on 22 Ocotober  2019. The community warmly welcomed the DSWD staff through singing of their own song composition thanking the Department for choosing their barangay to conduct the said caravan.

Various activities were held including medical mission spearheaded by Dr. Allan Alejandro Sevilla II of Quirino, Ilocos Sur Primary Health Care Facility together with DSWD Human Resource Welfare staff. Social Welfare Officers from Provincial Operations Office Ilocos Sur assessed and served 119 Assistance in Crisis Situation beneficiaries who received a total of PhP371,000.00 for medical assistance, food subsidy, among others. Medicines and vitamins were provided to 116 beneficiaries. The services include basic health and prenatal check-up. In addition, 200 family food packs and malong were distributed to food-for-work beneficiaries.

Ms. Niña Engracio, Social Welfare Officer II (right) happily gives the financial assistance to one of the residents of Quirino, Ilocos Sur.

During the caravan, Regional Information Officer Darwin Chan discussed updates on DSWD’s programs and services, and explained that DSWD is not directly connected to Local Government Unit P/C/MSWDO because of the devolution under RA 7160 or the Local Government Code. P/C/MSWDO has different parameter in providing programs and services compared to DSWD. If the client needs cannot be fully met by the P/C/MSWDO, they maybe referred to DSWD for augmentation.

Mr. Darwin T. Chan (wearing black shirt) distributes DSWD flyers to the residents of Brgy. Poblacion, Quirino, Ilocos Sur during the market day.

Punong Barangay William Sr. Mayion of Patiacan, Quirino, Ilocos Sur expressed his gratitude to DSWD during his opening message for choosing their Municipality specifically their barangay as the venue for the DSWD Information / Serbisyo Caravan as it is their first time to be conducting such activity. #By: Nicole Kasandra A. Lipawen, Information Officer I, Social Marketing Unit