The City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is the social welfare arm of the City Government of Davao. It is mandated to provide basic social services to the disadvantaged, depressed, oppressed, and exploited citizenry of the city.

It provides comprehensive programs and services to disadvantaged families and communities; promotion of the welfare of women, persons with disability, child and youth, and the older persons to help them become productive, self-reliant and ultimately attain better quality of life. 

Our Vision-Mission


We commit to better the quality of life of the disadvantaged citizenry through a comprehensive and efficient delivery of Social Services by a competent social welfare team towards a self-reliant and gender-fair society.

Our Goals and Objectives


  • To enrich and strengthen the capability of socially disadvantaged individuals and families;
  • To develop the capability of depressed communities to bring about social change;
  • To provide opportunities for youth and care for children to ensure their rights to survival, development, protection, and participation;
  • To provide equal opportunities and services for the prevention and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities;
  • To promote the welfare and rights of women, older persons indigenous people and former rebels;
  • To provide timely and appropriate assistance to disaster affected families and communities;
  • To develop and strengthen partnership/linkages with other stakeholders;
  • To serve as learning laboratory for student learners, researchers, and the like; share best practices and exchange knowledge and experiences for public welfare.

Our Beginnings


The City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is the social welfare arm of the City Government of Davao. It is mandated to provide basic social services to the disadvantaged, depressed, oppressed, and exploited citizenry of the city.

Pursuant to R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines of 1991, all programs and services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were turned over to the Local Government Units (LGU). A number of forty-eight (48) regular employees composes the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO). Four years after the operation under the supervision of the Local Chief Executive, the long clamored reorganization was then implemented which raised the number of workers to almost triple in the department, regular and contractual.

Who We Are

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