MANILA - Newly appointed Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian is planning the full digitalization of the agency's systems, processes and programs and services as one of his major priorities to improve DSWD operations further.
Gatchalian pointed this out during his meeting with DSWD undersecretaries and other officials last Wednesday, his first day in office, after being on the operations, programs and services being implemented by the agency.
He said that he also planning on cleansing the beneficiaries' database to ensure that only deserving and eligible families and individuals will be served.
The DSWD secretary also cited other plans that he hopes to pursue, which include setting up logistics networks and additional warehouses for relief goods and family food packs in strategic locations in the country that are closer to the people in order to provide immediate and prompt assistance to the families that will be affected by disasters and calamities.
This, Gatchalian said, is in line with the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.
His first order of the day was to do away with formalities and to make things happen in a timely manner to allay the fears of personnel.
Gatchalian also gave his assurance that the existing structure will remain, emphasizing that he is willing to work with the present workforce of the department.
The entire DSWD workforce has expressed their full support to the new Secretary.
In the meantime, briefing sessions on the functions and key results areas of the different offices, bureaus, services and units (OBSUs), as well as the different field offices of the department will continue in the days ahead. Gatchalian will also make the rounds of the OBSUs, meet with the staff, and familiarize himself within the DSWD premises. He is also set to meet the Regional Directors of the Department next week. (PNA)