“Finally, it is a dream come true” expressed Ms.Eva Avila, Social Welfare and Development team leader during the inauguration and thanksgiving ceremony of the newly constructed two-storey building held on June 10, 2017 at Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City.

DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo led the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony together with Assistant Regional Director Consejo H. Usman and Dipolog City Councilor Atty. Roger Asprer, representing Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy and Board Member/OIC-Governor of Zamboanga Del Norte Province, Hon.Romulo Soliva.

The 6.8 million worth building is situated in a lot owned by the City Government and was completed last February 28, 2017. The SWADT serves as the extension network of the DSWD down the grassroots to immediately respond not only for its regular programs and services but most especially during disaster operations.  It also serves as the Provincial Operations Office of Pantawid Pamilya and other promotive programs of department.

The SWAD team Dipolog covers municipalities of Rizal, Sibutad, Mutia, La Libertad, Pinan, Polanco, Sergio Osmena, Katipunan, Roxas, Manukan, Jose Dalman and Cities of Dipolog and Dapitan.

In her Inaugural speech, Atty. Araceli Solamillo underscored the DSWD goals highlighting the department’s core values being the lead agency in the delivery of social services and promotion of social protection programs. She said, “We always ensure that the services that are being delivered to our clients and implemented by our workers on the ground are in accordance to standards and with high sense of efficiency, transparency and integrity.”

“In this celebration, we promise to further improve our front line services and will be an epitome of an effective and trust-worthy government agency. These changes and improvements are testament of our desire to provide not only comforts of availing prompt assistance to our clients but also conducive working environment for our workers.”,  She added.

Present during the event are Municipal Action team leaders, Provincial Operations Office staff of Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood Program workers, Area Coordinating teams of KALAHI CIDDS, SWADT staff , Regional Management Committee and some National Government Agencies.

Other newly-constructed SWAD building in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga Del Sur are expected to finish and ready for occupancy by the end of 3rd Quarter this year.