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DSWD opens online application for minors traveling abroad, social welfare agencies

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Online application for travel clearance for minors traveling abroad (MTA) and registration, licensing, and accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) are now open to the public in Regions VII, XI, and the National Capital Region (NCR), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said in a statement on Thursday.

The DSWD launched early this week its E-Services for MTA and SWDAs as part of easing government-public transactions following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instruction to streamline government processes. Mr. Duterte signed in May the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act or Republic Act No. 11032 to mandate government agencies to reduce processing time for permits, transactions, and applications.

“The issuance of travel clearance for minors traveling abroad is an important program of the Department, which ensures that children are protected from abuse and trafficking,” Social Welfare Secretary Virginia N. Orogo said in the statement.

DSWD said it processes an annual average of 41,780 travel clearances nationwide. “By utilizing the e-Services, the public will no longer need to file their applications in person, but can just access the online program via the official website of the Department,www.dswd.gov.ph/eservices,” the department said in its statement.

SWDA applicants for registration, licensing, and accreditation may file their applications in their offices with their scanned documentary requirements. After sending their applications, they will wait for the notification of the assessment results by a DSWD social worker.