DSWD Oplan Pag-Abot Project for the Homeless

Oplan Pag-Abot is a humanitarian initiative spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aimed at extending a helping hand to individuals and families who live on the streets. The campaign seeks to identify and provide tailored assistance to this vulnerable demographic through synchronized efforts between government entities, non-profit organizations, and local volunteers.

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In the heart of the bustling archipelago of the Philippines, where the streets are as diverse as its culture, there lies a hidden narrative—a story of our fellow Filipinos who call the streets their home. The Philippines has not turned a blind eye to this. Instead, they have developed the Oplan Pag-Abot program, a targeted approach to reach out and uplift the lives of street-dwellers. 

Credits: DSWD Oplan Pag-Abot / Facebook

What is the Program About?

Oplan Pag-Abot is a concerted effort by the DSWD to create connections with various societal sectors to extend aid to the homeless and less fortunate. 

With a clear objective to foster a seamless network between government agencies, civil organizations, and local governing bodies, the initiative seeks to systematize aid provision, ensuring that it reaches the hands of street children, individuals, and families who lack the shelter of a home.

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Legal Basis

The program’s legal basis stems from the Philippine government’s constitutional commitment to protect and promote the right to social services and uplift the welfare of the less privileged. 

It is underpinned by various national laws and policies that mandate the government, through agencies like the DSWD, to actively develop and implement social welfare and development projects.


The program offers a range of benefits designed to address the immediate and long-term needs of the street-dwelling community. These benefits include:

  • Direct Aid: Provision of necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Medical Services: Access to healthcare provisions for physical and mental well-being.
  • Social Integration: Assistance in reconnecting individuals with family members and integration into society.
  • Skills Training and Livelihood Programs: Opportunities for education and vocational training to foster self-reliance.
  • Child Protection: Specialized support for homeless children, including educational opportunities and safe housing.
  • Multi-Sectoral Collaboration: Bridging the gap between government entities, non-profits, and local units for coherent service delivery.
  • Targeted Assistance: Creating a system that identifies and reaches out to the street-dwelling demographic.
  • Service Provision: Ensuring access to social welfare services evaluated and facilitated by trained social workers.
  • Educational Outreach: Organizing initiatives that raise awareness and educate the public about the plight of the homeless.
  • Community Linkages: Developing mechanisms that encourage community involvement in aiding street dwellers.


Eligibility / Qualifications

The program primarily targets individuals and families living on the streets, including homeless children, adults, and families who are in dire need of assistance.


Those wishing to avail themselves of the program’s benefits must be able to provide identification and verification of their living conditions, subject to assessment by DSWD personnel.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Support the DSWD’s Initiative

  1. Initial Contact: If you encounter street dwellers in need, reach out to the DSWD’s team through the provided contact channels.
  2. Provide Information: Send the exact location and other relevant information about the individuals or families in need.
  3. Await Response: The DSWD team is available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and will respond promptly to messages.

How to Reach Out

  • Facebook: Send a message to the official DSWD Oplan Pag-Abot Facebook page.
  • Hotline: Call the hotline at 8-931-9141 for immediate assistance.
  • Email: You can also send an email to oplanpagabot@dswd.gov.ph with details.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Angels in Red Vests of Oplan Pag-abot Team Extends Help to Metro Manila Beneficiaries

On February 2, the Angels in Red Vests of the project team were touring Metro Manila to continue providing contributions to the identified beneficiaries of the Program.

If you wish to share information to help children, individuals, and families on the streets, simply message our official page or call our hotline: 8-931-9141 (Monday to Friday). You can also send an email to oplanpagabot@dswd.gov.ph.


Oplan Pag-abot Team Provides Help to Senior Citizen and Long-time Street Resident

On Tuesday, January 30, the project team, in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), extended help and services to a senior citizen and an individual who have been residing on the streets. The 77-year-old beneficiary was temporarily accommodated in one of the DSWD-run Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCFs), while the 44-year-old companion was reunited with their family in Quezon City. Since the implementation of the scheme last year, the MMDA has been actively supporting and assisting the program, providing new hope to children, individuals, and families living on the streets.


DSWD Secretary Calls for Comprehensive Services for Families and Individuals in Street Situations

In a recent Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) meeting held at the DSWD Central Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary REX Gatchalian urged key government agencies to collaborate in providing a more comprehensive package of services and interventions for families and individuals in street situations (FISS). This call for support aligns with the objectives outlined in Executive Order (EO) No. 52, which aims to enhance and unify the delivery of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors in street situations through the establishment of social safety nets. Secretary Gatchalian emphasized the importance of working together to ensure the well-being and upliftment of FISS.


Video: DSWD Oplan Pag-Abot – Video Testimonial of Tatay Melvin Urbano

Tatay Melvin Urbano and his three children were among the families living on the streets who received aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) program in Las Piñas City. Tatay Melvin’s dream is to have a home of his own and a capital to start a livelihood to provide for his children. With the help of the agency and dedicated social workers who assessed their situation, they were provided with the necessary services and interventions to keep them away from harm and danger through a “reach out operation.”



The DSWD’s latest initiative is more than just a program—it’s a commitment to human dignity and societal responsibility. By establishing a structured and empathetic approach to social welfare, the DSWD not only provides immediate aid but also sows the seeds of hope for a brighter, more secure future for every Filipino.

This initiative allows us, as a community, to become the eyes and hands of those silently calling for help. Whether you are a passerby witnessing the daily struggles of street dwellers or a concerned citizen looking for ways to contribute, your active participation in this project can make a significant difference.

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