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The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services was awarded a new registration and license to operate as a social welfare and development agency (SWDA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in June 2018.

It was given the Certificate of Registration and License to operate after satisfactorily completing the requirements needed. The certificate was signed by DSWD Field Office Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

The VPHCS is considered as a SWDA since it directly engages in SWD programs and services using social work intervention, whether case work, group work or community organizing, as defined in DSWD Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2018, “Revised Guidelines Governing the Registration, Licensing of Social Welfare and Development (SWD) Agencies and Accreditation of SWD Programs and Services.”

As a registered SWDA, the VPHCS becomes a member of the Area Based Standards Network (ABSNET) The ABSNET is an organization of DSWD registered/licensed/accredited social welfare and development agencies (SWDAs) that assists the DSWD in implementation and monitoring of social welfare and development programs and services, provision of technical assistance and conduct of advocacy.

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