DSWD fast-tracks clearance to minors traveling abroad

MANILA The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday started fast-tracking the processing of clearance for minors traveling abroad.

During the launch of the DSWD eServices at the DSWD-National Capital Region in Sampaloc, Manila, the state welfare agency established the online application and processing for the issuance of travel clearance certificate for minors travelling abroad.

The eServices program also facilitates the issuance of certificate of registration and licensing of social welfare and development agencies and accreditation of service providers.

Under the eServices, the DSWD will provide the public with direct access to the said frontline services through the internet.

The online application is accessible through mobile devices and computers.

In her speech, DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo said the Department is always looking for ways to improve its system to provide what we call ease of doing business for our clientele groups.

Through the eServices, we will be able to cut down processing time and resources since the clients need not go to the Department just to file their applications for the said services, Orogo added.

On the average, the DSWD issues 41,780 travel clearance certificates for minors traveling abroad, majority of which, are issued during vacation time where many minors are traveling abroad.

As of June 30, 2018, the DSWD has issued 22,459 travel clearance certificates for minors traveling abroad.

The travel clearance for minors traveling abroad is a social protection service of the DSWD which provides security to minors going abroad without their parents/legal guardian.

It also safeguards them from abuse, exploitation, discrimination and other related acts that may constitute child trafficking.

The DSWD ensures that the children will travel with their guardian or an authorized traveling companion as consent was given by their parents.

Through the online services, we are able to help the Department advance its objective of providing social welfare and protection to the public the fastest way possible, Orodo said.

The eServices is just one of the strategies implemented by DSWD to improve its quality service delivery, she added.

Rest assured that we will continuously find means to be better public servants in providing a work with utmost care and compassion as our primary consideration, Orogo said. (DSWD PR)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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