DSWD Residential Care Facilities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Philippines operates a network of residential care facilities designed as a safe haven for those who are most vulnerable. Established in the 1950s, these facilities cater to children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, offering more than just shelter. They provide timely rehabilitation and training to help residents regain their footing in society. Each facility is tailored to the specific needs of its residents, ranging from abandoned and abused children needing protection and care, to elderly individuals seeking companionship and a secure environment in their later years. 

Through these facilities, the DSWD not only safeguards the welfare of disadvantaged groups but also plays a key part in fostering their development and integration into the community. For anyone considering these services, expect a structured environment that emphasizes safety, learning, and personal growth, all managed with the utmost care and professionalism.

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What are DSWD Residential Care Facilities?

The DSWD has been instrumental in providing care through residential and non-residential facilities since the 1950s. These facilities are designed to offer shelter, rehabilitation, and training to disadvantaged groups such as children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Types of Facilities

  • Children’s Facilities: Cater to abandoned, neglected, and abused children.
  • Facilities for Persons with Disabilities: Provide specialized training and rehabilitation.
  • Elderly Care Homes: Offer care and companionship for the elderly.

Significance of these Facilities

DSWD Residential Care Facilities (CRCFs) play a significant role in the Philippines’ social safety net, evidenced by the existence of 70 facilities nationwide as reported by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).  These facilities are mandated by DSWD Administrative Order 2007-11 to provide a nurturing alternative to family care for vulnerable groups, including children needing protection, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.  This is especially important considering the department’s policy on de-institutionalization, which emphasizes finding permanent placements for residents whenever possible. CRFCs bridge the gap by offering temporary care, rehabilitation programs, and social services until these individuals can be reintegrated back into their communities or find more suitable long-term solutions.

Legal Basis

The operations of DSWD residential care facilities are backed by various national laws and policies that aim to protect and uplift the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. These include the “Child and Youth Welfare Code” and the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.”


  • Safe and Secure Environment: Ensures a protective setting for residents.
  • Health and Psychological Services: Access to medical and therapeutic services.
  • Education and Training: Opportunities for learning and skill development.
  • Socialization: Encourages interaction with peers in a structured environment.

Eligibility / Qualifications

Eligibility varies depending on the type of facility:

  • Children’s Home: For abandoned, neglected, or abused children.
  • Elderly Care: Generally for those aged 60 and above who lack family support.
  • Disability Facilities: For individuals requiring specialized rehabilitation services.


The common requirements include:

  • Identification: Valid ID such as a passport or driver’s license.
  • Proof of Income: To assess financial need (if applicable).
  • Medical Records: Especially for facilities that cater to health-specific needs.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from DSWD Facilities

  1. Eligibility Check: Confirm that you meet the criteria for the intended facility.
  2. Visit the DSWD Office: Locate your nearest DSWD Field Office.
  3. Inquiry and Assessment: Engage with a social worker who will evaluate your needs.
  4. Application Form: Complete and submit the required forms along with necessary documents.
  5. Interview and Evaluation: Discuss your situation with a social worker for further assessment.
  6. Placement: Upon approval, you will be placed in the suitable facility.
  7. Orientation and Adjustment: Participate in orientation and begin adjusting to the facility’s environment.

Practical Tips and Reminders for Utilizing DSWD Residential Care Facilities

  1. Understand the Eligibility Criteria: Each facility has specific eligibility criteria based on age, health condition, and social circumstances. Ensure that you or your loved one meets these criteria before applying.
  2. Prepare Necessary Documentation: Gather all required documents for admission, which may include medical records, identification papers, and referral letters from local government units or social workers.
  3. Learn About the Services Offered: Familiarize yourself with the range of services provided by the facility, such as healthcare, rehabilitation, education, and psychosocial support, to fully benefit from their offerings.
  4. Visit the Facility: If possible, visit the facility beforehand to assess its environment, staff, and the overall living conditions. This can help in making an informed decision.
  5. Engage with Staff and Caregivers: Building a good relationship with the staff and caregivers can enhance the care and support provided to the resident. Open communication is key to addressing any concerns or needs.
  6. Stay Informed About Policies and Procedures: Be aware of the facility’s policies on visitation, communication, and personal care. Understanding these policies can help in navigating the care process more smoothly.
  7. Participate in Family and Community Engagement Activities: Many facilities encourage family involvement and community engagement through various activities. Participation can positively impact the resident’s well-being and sense of belonging.
  8. Ensure Continuity of Care: If the resident is receiving specific treatments or therapies, coordinate with the facility to ensure these can continue seamlessly within their care plan.
  9. Seek Financial Assistance Information: If financial concerns are a barrier, inquire about available assistance programs or subsidies that can help cover the cost of care.
  10. Advocate for the Resident’s Rights and Well-being: Always advocate for the best interest of the resident, ensuring they receive respectful and dignified care, and their rights are protected and upheld.

Recent Updates

Miss MITIS Runway 2024 Donates Proceeds to Tuloy Foundation

Anja Faye Lavilla, the winner of Miss MITIS Runway 2024, has generously donated her proceeds to Tuloy Foundation. Tuloy Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides care, support, and various programs for children and youth in need. Anja’s contribution will help further the foundation’s mission of empowering and nurturing vulnerable individuals.

DSWD Field Office V’s RPMT Team: Enhancing Residential Care Facilities

Led by Hector Roldan Provendido, Jr., the Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) of DSWD Field Office V oversees the implementation of construction projects and the provision of care services for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) at the RRCY VI residential facility. The team, consisting of Engr. Kevin Santamena, Engr. Mark Anthony Ton-ogan, Nelida Jumayao-Loria, Shiela Marcon-Java, Tessie Licera, and Jun Tercena, has successfully completed projects such as an Activity Center and various villas, aiming to enhance the residential care facilities and support the rehabilitation of CICL.

Enhancing Earthquake Preparedness at DSWD FO2’s CRCFs

Employees and residents of the Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCFs) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD FO2) actively participated in the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) in Solana, Cagayan. The drill aimed to strengthen their readiness and response in the event of an earthquake, with participants practicing safety evacuation procedures and following established protocols. An evaluation was conducted to identify areas for improvement, ensuring enhanced earthquake preparedness for the CRCFs in the future.

Improving Care Facilities for Vulnerable Sectors in the Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Philippines, under the PBBM administration, is actively working to enhance its residential and non-residential care facilities for vulnerable sectors, including persons with disabilities. Secretary Rex Gatchalian has ordered the re-assessment and re-tooling of existing centers to ensure they provide adequate support and comfort, with a focus on compassion and meeting the needs of those in need. (DSWD)

Video: DSWD Residential Care Facilities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Philippines oversees residential care facilities, which provide housing and care for vulnerable individuals, including children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. These facilities are carefully managed and regulated by the department to ensure the well-being, support, and safety of the residents. Through their oversight, the agency plays an important role in promoting the welfare of those in need of protection and assistance.


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