The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the primary government agency mandated to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty-reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged.
The purpose of the DSWD is to create, administer, and implement comprehensive social welfare programs to improve the living conditions and empower disadvantaged children, youth, women, seniors, people with disabilities, families in crisis or at risk, and communities in need.
The department also provides relief assistance during times of calamity and disaster. DSWD also works to prevent and alleviate poverty through its programs on livelihood, social housing, and cash transfers.
Source: Philippine Go