Social Welfare and Development Office

IRR RA 7160, Rule XVIII, Art. 122

(m) The Social Welfare and Development Officer

(1) No person shall be appointed social welfare and development officer unless he is a citizen of
the Philippines, a resident of the LGU concerned, of good moral character, a duly licensed social
worker or a holder of a college degree preferably in sociology or any other related course from a recognized college or university, and a holder of a first grade civil service eligibility or its
equivalent. He must have acquired experience in the practice of social work for at least five (5)
years in the case of the provincial or city social welfare and development officer, and three (3)
years in the case of the municipal social welfare and development officer.

(2) The social welfare and development officer shall take charge of the office on social welfare
and development services and shall:

(i) Formulate measures for the approval of the sanggunian and provide technical
assistance and support to the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out
measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities
relative to social welfare and development services as provided in Rule V of these Rules;

(ii) Develop plans and strategies on social welfare programs and projects and implement
them upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor, as the case may be;

(iii) Identify the basic needs of the needy, the disadvantaged and the impoverished and
develop and implement appropriate measures to alleviate their problems and improve
their living conditions;

(iv) Provide relief and appropriate crisis intervention for victims of abuse and exploitation
and recommend appropriate measures to deter further abuse and exploitation;

(v) Assist the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in implementing the barangay
program for the total development and protection of children up to six (6) years of age;

(vi) Facilitate the implementation of welfare programs for the disabled, the elderly, and
victims of drug addiction, the rehabilitation of prisoners and parolees, the prevention of
juvenile delinquency and such other activities which would eliminate or minimize the illeffects of poverty;

(vii) Initiate and support youth welfare programs that will enhance the role of the youth in

(viii) Coordinate with government agencies and NGOs which have for their purpose the
promotion and protection of all needy, disadvantaged, underprivileged or impoverished
groups or individuals, particularly those identified to be vulnerable and high-risk to
exploitation, abuse and neglect;

(ix) Be in the frontline of service delivery, particularly those concerning immediate relief
and assistance during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disaster and

(x) Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the governor or mayor, as the case may
be, on all other matters related to social welfare and development services which will
improve the livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants; and

(xi) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be
prescribed by law or ordinance.