Like other municipalities in the Province, Kalawit is also beset with social problems such as unemployment and socially and economically distressed families. The responsibility for social welfare is shared by all levels of government. However, with respect to social welfare, the responsibility is the general concern of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD).
Pursuant to the Local Government Code of 1991, the following are the programs and Services devolved to the local government:
- Self-Employment Assistance
- Family and Community Welfare Programs
- Parent Effectiveness
- Marriage Counseling
- Responsible Parenthood
- Social Preparation for People’s Participation
- Community Volunteer Resource Development
- Social Welfare Structure Development
- Women Welfare Program
- Self-Enhancement Skills Development
- Maternal and Child Care Skills Development
- Skills Training for Employment
- Community Participation Skills Development
- Child and Youth Welfare Program
- Peer Group Service (PYM)
- Community-based Services for Street Children
- Community-based Services for Delinquent Youth
- Emergency Assistance Program
- Supplemental Feeding
- Food For Work
- Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness
- Program for Disabled Persons and Elderly
- Disability Prevention
- Assistance for Physical Restoration of disabled Persons and Elderly
- Self/social Enhancement Service for Disabled Persons
- After Care and follow-up Services
- Special Social Services for the Elderly
Although the Local Government Code has devolved the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, only those programs and services applicable and appropriate in the municipality is being implemented by the MSWD.
The functions of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development is jointly handled by the Office of the Municipal Health and Social Services. The office is manned by MSWD Officer, 2 regular staffs and a few casual office aides. Complementing this manpower is the presence of volunteer Day Care Workers who receive compensation by way of honorarium from the barangay they are rendering service. Comparatively, the number of children served by the municipality’s day care centers increased from 368 in 1997 to 561 in 2008.
During the year 1997, the MSWD has served around 1,623 clienteles. This is higher compared to 1996 with 1,058 clienteles. Among the clienteles 29.88 percent are served under the Community Programs and Services, 1.54 percent Self-Employment Assistance Program, 5.67 percent Family Welfare Program, 6.16 Women Welfare Program, 22.67 percent Child Welfare Program Day Care Service, 24.21 percent Emergency Assistance Program, 3.08 percent Program for Disabled Persons and Elderly and 6.79 percent Youth Welfare Program and Services.