Igorot installed as DSWD Asec
No challenge is too difficult or obstacle too great for someone who is determined to reach her dreams.
Janet Armas, the recently promo-ted Assistant Secretary for Policy and Plans of the Department of Social Welfare and Development proved, that through faith and determination, one can be successful.
Armas, who hails from Tinoc, Ifugao, said she is thankful to God for answered prayers.
Armas started working with DSWD in September 1988 as a welfare worker.
She pursued her career embodying the vision and mission of the DSWD to help the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged.
Coming from a poor family herself, she said it was also her personal desire to assist poor families fulfill their aspirations in life.
Working with the DSWD tested her endurance but her desire to help the needy kept her going.
Challenged by lack of resources at times, she said they have to find ways to make sure that services will be delivered to the people.
“At the DSWD, you have to look into the need of every person asking for help. One of the challenges is how to make the policies cater to needs of the people you are serving,” she said.
Despite doing their best to deliver their services and address concerns of their clients, she admitted they still receive complaints.
Armas has served in various capacities. She served as Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of DSWD-Cordillera for five years before she was designated in 2019 as the National Program Manager of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, one of the poverty reduction programs of the government. – Debbie E. Gasingan