Social welfare is not the same as standard of living but is more concerned with the quality of life that includes factors such as the quality of the environment (air, soil, water), level of crime, extent of drug abuse, availability of essential social services, as well as religious and spiritual aspects of life of the people living in a certain community. It is therefore concerned with the well-being of the entire society. Social welfare and development policies and strategies shall be guided by an operational framework of reducing poverty and vulnerability to the disadvantaged populace of the town. A convergence of social protection programs, through partnership-building and participatory governance, shall be implemented within the municipality to ensure a safe and quality life for the people.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) being an agency mandated to care, protect and rehabilitate that segment of the population which has the least in life in terms of physical, mental and social well-being have been devolved to the Local Government Unit with the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991. Upon devolution to the Local Government Units, the creation of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) in Belison was to readily serve the Belisongnons.

Social welfare programs and services available

Among the primary services offered by the Municipality of Belison through its Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) are:

•    Early Childhood Care and Development Program

•    Skills Training and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)

•    Supplemental Feeding (SF)

•    Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS)

•    Senior Citizens Services

•    Person with Disability Services

•    Women in Development Program

•    Stockpile of Foodstuff (Relief Goods Programs)

•    Pre-marriage and Marriage Counseling Service (MCS)

•    Evacuation and Relief Operations

•    Special Social Services (Referrals to other welfare institutions or agencies)

•    Parent Effectiveness Services

•    Responsible Parenthood

•    Special Services for Solo Parents

•    Educational Assistance for the Youth

Number of types of clientele

            Table 3.1.2b shows a total of 469 pre-schoolers were enrolled to early childhood care and development program of the office in eleven (11) Child Development Centers thru the supervision of the Child Development Workers. However, 8 child development centers are still in critical condition and need a priority action for the benefits of the pre-schoolers. Meanwhile, the municipality’s Senior Citizen’s Center manned by the OSCA Head and a Job Order facilitates the need of 2,308 elderly citizens. They facilitate the issuances of Senior Citizens ID, booklet and provision of social pension to the members.

            On the other hand, the Person with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) headed by the Focal Person is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs for the promotion of the welfare of the PWDs in the municipality in coordination with concerned national and local government agencies.

Number and location of Child Development centers

The municipality of Belison recognizes the age from zero (0) to eight (8) years as the first crucial stage of educational development of which the age from zero (0) to four (4) years shall be the responsibility of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council. With this, the welfare of the children is one of the topmost priorities of the town.

Each of the barangay of the municipality of Belison has a child development center with an assigned child development worker. However, in the Poblacion a National Child Development Center with complete amenities was constructed with a funding from the national government. The map present the number and location of child development centers in the municipality