PUGO, La Union – “We should not fear change. Embrace the change and may this new beginning (doing development together with the people for poverty alleviation) continue,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said during the “Consultation Dialogue with Sec. Dinky” attended by delegates from four regions held at Kultura Splash Wave Resort, Pugo, La Union recently.
With the ongoing transition for the incoming administration, Soliman met with the delegates from DSWD Field Offices 1, 2, 3, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to discuss the journey DSWD took for the previous six years and thank the staff for their commitment and dedication.
Soliman recalled that DSWD used to be in the bottom in terms of budget priority but is now one of the top five agencies with the highest budget allocation because the DSWD employees have shown quality service in addressing poverty.
Soliman said she is still willing to help the next administration and her remaining DSWD colleagues since addressing poverty takes time. Soliman turned over her position to incoming DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo last June 30.
“We do not want to see them (next administration) fail. Their success means continuing growth and reduced poverty,” she added.
Further, Soliman informed her DSWD co-workers who attended the dialogue to continue the convergence that everyone created not only within the Department but beyond DSWD since convergence is the most important delivery mechanism in helping the poor and the vulnerable sectors. (From the report of Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)