DSWD Opens Online Application for Solicitation Permit – Manila Bulletin

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As part of its efforts to institutionalize the digitalization of its operations, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has moved to online processing of national and regional solicitation permits.

Solicitation Permit is a certification issued by DSWD and local government that allows individuals, groups and other entities to solicit donations or voluntary contributions for charitable or public welfare purposes in order to prevent any fundraising illegal that exploits the generosity of donors and intended recipients.

As part of the DSWD Memorandum Circular (MC) Series No. 5 of 2021, applications for solicitation permits via official DSWD central and field office email addresses or by mail or courier are now accepted.

During this time, walk-in or physical submission of complete application documents will still be accepted.

Additionally, individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, associations, government agencies, and other entities may also apply for a temporary solicitation permit during a state of emergency or calamity, through expedited processing.

The temporary permit is valid for a maximum of three months for a regional permit and up to six months for a national permit.

Similarly, under MC 5, solicitation permissions for activities to be conducted online, on digital platforms or social media may also be granted to eligible entities. The validity period will be based on the project proposal submitted, not exceeding one year for a regular permit and six months for a temporary permit.

Processing fees for regional and national solicitation permits during a state of emergency or calamity will be waived in favor of applicants.

Under Presidential Executive Order No. 1564 of 1978 or the Solicitation Permits Act, the DSWD is authorized to regulate the solicitation of donations or the receipt of contributions for charitable or public welfare purposes.

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