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How to Apply for a job in DSWD?

About DSWD

The Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (Filipino: Kagawaran ng Kagalingan at Pagpapaunlad Panlipunan, abbreviated as DSWD) is the executive department of the Philippine Government responsible for the protection of the social welfare of rights of Filipinos and to promote the social development.

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. DSWD provides social protection to vulnerable groups such as orphans, abandoned children, street children, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, women, and indigenous peoples. 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, educational assistance, and cash transfers. They have a wide range of programs and services that touch the lives of Filipinos from all walks of life.

To apply for a job in DSWD, you should be very willing to exert efforts in preparing and submitting documents and other requirements. Below are the ways on how to apply in every region:

For REGION II applicants

Interested and qualified applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of the Regional Director:

  1. Application Letter addressed to Dr. LUCIA SUYU ALAN, RSW, MSSW, Regional Director
  2. Accomplished Personal Data Sheet (CS Form 212 Revised 2017) with Work Experience Sheet
  3. Photocopy of CS Eligibility or PRC License and Board of Rating (if applicable)
  4. Latest Performance Assessment/ IPCR or its equivalent for External Applicants
  5. Supervisor’s Recommendation (if applicable)
  6. Certificate of relevant trainings and seminars attached
  7. Photocopy of Certificate of Employment (if applicable)
  8. Photocopy of TOR and Diploma

Send your applications in PDF format to jobs.fo2@dswd.gov.ph. Walk-in applications shall not be entertained.

To view the ONGOING job vacancies in Region 2, click here

For NCR applicants

Interested and qualified applicants who meet the above minimum qualification standard (CSC – Prescribed) may submit the following documentary requirements to Human Resource Planning and Performance Management Section (HRPPMS), DSWD-NCR, Room 209 at 389 San Rafael Corner Legarda Streets, Sampaloc Manila or send it to the email recruitment.foncr@dswd.gov.ph:

  1. Application Letter addressed to Regional Director MONINA JOSEFINA H. ROMUALDEZ (Signifying the Position, Item Number, Status of Employment, and Place of Assignment you are applying for) affixed with your signature;
  2. Fully accomplished Personal Data Sheet (PDS) with recent passport-sized picture and Work Experience Sheet (CS Form No. 212, Revised 2017);
  3. Photocopy of duly signed Individual Performance Contract Rating (IPCR) in the last rating period, (for government personnel) or its equivalent for external applicants (Performance Evaluation/ Appraisal) from the current/last employer (if applicable);
  4. Photocopy of Certificate of Eligibility/ Board of Rating and updated PRC License;
  5. Photocopy of Transcript of Records;
  6. Photocopy of Transcript of Diploma;
  7. Photocopy of Certificate of Grades for Master’s/ Doctor’s Degree earned units (if applicable);
  8. Photocopy of Certificates of relevant Learning and Development/ Trainings attended;
  9. Photocopy of Certificate/s of previous and present Employment (if applicable);
  10. Photocopy of Company/ Agency Clearance (latest employer, if applicable); and
  11. Photocopy of Appointment and Service Record (if presently or previously employed in any government agency).


  • For online submission of application, please access this link: bit.ly/FONCRrecruitmenthub and submit the scanned PDF copy of your credentials.
  • Any application emailed to recruitment.foncr@dswd.gov.ph shall use the email subject (Surname_Position_Item Number/Code_Position_Office Assignment_Position).
  • Applicants who wish to apply for more than one (1) position, must submit application documents for each position and plantilla item number.
  • Present original or authenticated copies of the above documentary requirements for verification during filing of application.
  • All interested qualified next-in-rank employees with Permanent Status shall submit the filled-out “Next-In-Rank intent to apply form” together with their complete requirements including the latest IPCR with Very Satisfactory RatingNon-submission of the same shall automatically waive their right to be included as candidates.
  • Submission of Application beyond the deadline and with incomplete attachments will not be accepted and entertained.
To view the ONGOING job vacancies in NCR, click here

For CALABARZON applicants

Requirements to be Submitted

  1. Application Letter; 
  2. Comprehensive Resume or Hard copy of the Personal Data Sheet (CS Form No. 212 with an attached job description for each position held in previous work);
  3. Transcript of Records and Diploma (Certified photocopies);
  4. Certificates of Trainings / Seminars attended and Employment;
  5. Certificate/s of Board Rating/ Professional License/ CS Eligibility, if applicable only 
  6. Certification from school for Masteral units earned or completed, if any, and
  7. Individual Performance Contract Rating for the last semester of employment for applicants from any government agencies; or Performance Evaluation signed by the supervisor or the HR Head for applicants from any private company/ institution; or GMC for newly graduates. 

NOTE: All requirements will be submitted once called upon for initial interview. However, Requirement #2 (Resume / Personal Data Sheet) must be uploaded on the online application form and can be accessed HERE

To view the ONGOING job vacancies in CALABARZON, click here

For REGION XII applicants

Interested and qualified applicants are instructed to submit their applications with complete set of documents below and shall fill out application form available at www.tinyurl.com/dswd-foxii-job-application:

  1. Application Letter indicating the position applied for and addressed to: Ramel F. Jamen – Director IV / Head of Office, DSWD Field Office XII
  2. Resume
  3. Updated and properly accomplished Personal Data Sheet (PDS) with recent passport-sized picture (CS Form 212, Revise 2017)
  4. Updated and properly accomplished Work Experience Sheet (CS Form 212 Attachment)
  5. Photocopy of Transcript of Records ( Authenticated)
  6. Photocopy of Certificate/s of Employment
  7. Certificate of relevant trainings and seminars attended.
  8. Photocopy of Board of Rating/ CS Prof Eligibility (Authenticated if any)
  9. Copy of duly signed IPCR/Summary of Rating (for Insider only)

Note: No submission of documentary requirements in the office for health and safety reasons.

Request for extension of submission and application with incomplete documents will not be entertained.

To view the ONGOING job vacancies in REGION 12, click here

stay tuned for more posting….check back for the job openings to other regions…

History of DSWD

Social welfare as a basic function of the state was a concept that materialized only after the Second World War, although different groups were undertaking pockets of social work in the first decade of the American occupation in the country. After the war, the Philippine government gradually assumed the major responsibility for social welfare.

In 1915, the Public Welfare Board (PWB) was created and was tasked to study, coordinate and regulate all government and private entities engaged in social services. In 1921, the PWB was abolished and replaced by the Bureau of Public Welfare under the Department of Public Instruction.

On November 1, 1939, Commonwealth Act No. 439 created the Department of Health and Public Welfare and in 1941, the Bureau of Public Welfare officially became a part of the Department of Health and Public Welfare. In addition to coordinating services of all public and private social welfare institutions, the Bureau also managed all public child-caring institutions and the provision of child welfare services.

In 1947, President Manuel Roxas abolished the Bureau of Public Welfare and created the Social Welfare Commission, under the Office of the President, in its place.

In 1968, Republic Act 5416, known as the Social Welfare Act of 1968, created the Department of Social Welfare, placing it under the executive branch of government. In 1976, the Department of Social Welfare was renamed Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) through Presidential Decree No. 994. This was signed into law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos and gave the department an accurate institutional identity. On June 2, 1978, the DSSD was renamed Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) in line with the change in the form of government.

In 1987, the MSSD was reorganized and renamed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Executive Order 123, which was signed by President Corazon C. Aquino. Executive Order No. 292, also known as the Revised Administration Code of 1987, established the name, organizational structure, and functional areas of responsibility of DSWD and further defined its statutory authority.

In 1991, the passage of Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 affected the devolution of DSWD basic services to local government units.

1998 – President Joseph Ejercito Estrada issued Executive Order No. 15 “Redirecting the Functions and Operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development” to strengthen the DSWD’s repositioning efforts that began soon after the implementation of the Local Government Code of 1991.

2003 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 221 amending Executive Order No. 15 which defined the mandate, roles, powers and functions of the DSWD.

2005 – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the DSWD’s Rationalization and Streamlining Plan (RSP) on January 28, 2005 for implementation over the next five years. The RSP emphasizes the Department’s shift in policy, functions and programs in line with its steering role.

Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

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