Get to Know About the DSWD ProtecTEEN Project

Project ProtecTEEN by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) tackles the multifaceted challenges of teenage motherhood in the Philippines. Recognizing the need for comprehensive support, this project provides not just a safety net but a stepping stone toward empowerment and self-sufficiency for young mothers and their families.

Focusing on adolescent mothers aged 10 to 19 and their close ones, ProtecTEEN offers an array of benefits—from psychosocial support to skill development—all designed to help break the cycle of poverty linked with early pregnancy.

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What is the DSWD ProtecTEEN?

The DSWD’s ProtecTEEN recognizes teenage motherhood as a complex issue requiring multifaceted support. It steps in to safeguard the rights and well-being of young mothers and their families, offering not just a safety net but also a path towards empowerment. Through skills development and a supportive environment, the project aims to equip these families for a brighter future, breaking the cycle of poverty often linked to teen pregnancy.

Legal Basis

Project ProtecTEEN is underpinned by Executive Order 141, series of 2021, which prioritizes addressing the root causes of teenage pregnancies and mobilizes government resources to support adolescent mothers and their children as part of the Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and Their Children (SPPAMC).

Significance of the Project

Teenage pregnancy is a significant concern in the Philippines. The DSWD’s ProtecTEEN program addresses this by empowering young mothers and their families. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows a teenage pregnancy rate of 10.1% in 2021, highlighting the need for intervention. Its focus aligns with Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, which guarantees adolescent access to reproductive health information and services. By providing psychosocial support, referrals, and empowering young mothers through skills development, ProtecTEEN aims to improve the well-being of both mothers and children, breaking the cycle of poverty often associated with teen pregnancy.


Participants in the ProtecTEEN program can expect a variety of benefits aimed at enhancing their social and parenting capacities:

  • Family healing sessions
  • Family case management
  • Employment and livelihood assistance
  • Educational support
  • Capability-building activities
  • Referrals to other local government units (LGUs) or non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Eligibility / Qualifications

Eligible participants for this program include:

  • Adolescent mothers aged 10 to 19 years old
  • Their children, partners, and other supporting household members


To participate in the ProtecTEEN program, applicants must provide:

  • Valid identification (e.g., school ID for minors, government-issued ID for adults)
  • Proof of residency in the pilot or covered areas
  • Birth certificates of children (if applicable)
  • Any documentation supporting the need for social services (medical, educational, etc.)

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from ProtecTEEN

  1. Check Eligibility: Verify that you fall within the age range and reside in one of the program’s active areas: Antipolo City, Malabon City, or Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Assemble all necessary documents, including IDs and proof of residency.
  3. Visit Local DSWD Office: Go to your local DSWD office to inquire about the application process.
  4. Submit Application: Complete and submit your application along with the required documentation.
  5. Attend Scheduled Interviews/Sessions: Participate in scheduled assessments or interviews as part of the application process.
  6. Receive Benefits: Upon approval, engage in various provided services and interventions aimed at supporting your family and personal development.

Additional Resources and Support

To further assist adolescent mothers, the DSWD, in collaboration with the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), provides advocacy efforts and access to reproductive health services. These efforts aim to reduce discrimination, promote inclusivity, and ensure that young mothers can lead healthy, empowered lives.

Recent Updates

Evaluation of ProtecTEEN Project in Malaybalay City Sets Stage for Nationwide Implementation

The DSWD Social Technology Bureau recently conducted data gathering activities to evaluate the ProtecTEEN project in Malaybalay City. This evaluation aims to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the project, serving as a basis for its nationwide implementation. With the completion of the pilot testing and positive outcomes observed, the ProtecTEEN project holds promise in providing psychosocial support and interventions for adolescent mothers and their families across the Philippines.

DSWD Advocacy Forum in Malaybalay Empowers Youth to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently organized a Coffee Table Discussion and Advocacy Forum in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, with the aim of empowering youth and raising awareness about the prevention of teenage pregnancy. The forum focused on educating secondary-level students about the implications of teenage pregnancies and equipping them with knowledge and strategies to prevent such cases in their community. Through this, the DSWD seeks to empower young individuals to take an active role in preventing teenage pregnancy.

DSWD Provides Financial Assistance to ProtecTEEN Beneficiaries in Malaybalay City

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently disbursed financial aid to 35 beneficiaries of the ProtecTEEN Project in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. This project, aimed at supporting minor parents and their families, seeks to improve their overall well-being through a range of interventions. The presence of officials from various government agencies underscores the collaborative effort to uplift and empower vulnerable youth in the community.


Video: Mensahe ni DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian sa Ika-54 na Anibersaryo ng POPCOM

The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) has been a steadfast supporter of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in providing vital assistance to the impoverished and marginalized sectors, particularly in the implementation of the ProtecTEEN project. Secretary Gatchalian acknowledges the invaluable contributions and support from POPCOM in delivering social protection efforts that have greatly impacted the lives of adolescent mothers, their children, and their families. As POPCOM celebrates its 54th Anniversary on February 19, 2023, the theme “POPCOM: Partnering with Local Government in Family and Community Development” recognizes the important role of local government units in advancing the goals of the Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDP) and placing people at the center of development.



Project ProtecTEEN is a significant project by the DSWD to support and empower teenage mothers in the Philippines. By providing holistic services that address both immediate needs and long-term development, the program aims to foster a nurturing environment where young mothers and their families can thrive. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local DSWD office for more information or assistance. Together, we can help empower our young mothers to build a brighter future for themselves and their children.

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