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the number of social worker in philippines

Requested from DSWD by Frencess Ann Dato at 12:28 PM on Aug 14, 2019.
Purpose: Research for thesis
Date of Coverage: 08/14/2015 - 08/14/2019
Tracking no: #DSWD-379961543521

Frencess Ann 12:28 PM, Aug 14, 2019

Hi. i would like to request regarding in the information of:

1. The number of social worker in the Philippines
2. the number of social worker in the Bicol region

Myrna 09:38 AM, Aug 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

Dear Frencess Ann,

Thank you for your request dated Aug 14, 2019 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for the number of social worker in philippines.

We received your request on Aug 14, 2019 and will respond on or before Sep 04, 2019 12:28:41 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #DSWD-379961543521.

Thank you.


Myrna Reyes
FOI Officer
17 August 2019

Dear Ms. Frencess Ann Dato:

You requested for the following information: “(1) Number of Social Workers in the Philippines and (2) Number of Social Workers in the Bicol Region.”

Unfortunately, the DSWD does not have the information you need. Thus, we are constrained to deny your request.

Under Republic Act 4373, as amended (An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and For Other Purposes), social workers are licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Thus, it is the PRC that is mandated to keep the data you requested. You may wish to direct your request to the PRC by submitting a request to the PRC via this portal. You may also contact the PRC Main via email at or call / email PRC-Legazpi City at (052) 4813079 / 

Very truly yours,

Atty. Maria Cassandra M. Urbiztondo
FOI Decision Maker

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