Basic Social Services - social services designated to provide meaningful opportunities for social and economic growth of the disadvantaged sector of the population in order to develop them into productive and self-reliant citizens and promote social equity.  Basic social services of the government includes Self-employment Assistance and Practical Skills Development Assistance, among others.

Child/Youth - defined as an individual whose age ranges from 0 to less than 18 years old.  This follows the definition of the Family Code which considers 18 as the legal age for individuals to be able to vote, to get married and perform other important decisions with legal implications in the Philippine society.

Day Care Service - an arrangement whereby substitute mothering is provided to disadvantaged pre-school children as well as street children during part of the day when the mother cannot attend to their children.

Disability - refers to any restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.

Disadvantaged Children - children from 0-6 years old who are malnourished, orphaned, street children, victims of armed conflicts and children of poor families.

Disadvantaged Communities - communities which have inadequate resources or facilities such as roads, water system, electricity and absence of natural resources.

Disadvantaged Families - families belonging to the disadvantaged group or families belonging to the bottom 30 percent of the income strata.

Disadvantaged Persons/Groups - individuals or group of individuals who are considered economically, physically and socially disadvantaged.  These include needy family heads and other needy adults, indigent children, out-of-school youths, physically and mentally disabled persons, distressed individuals and families, and disadvantaged children.

Disadvantaged Women - women from 18-59 years old who were deprived of literacy opportunities or those abused/exploited, and victims of involuntary prostitution or illegal recruitment.

Disadvantaged Youth - individuals 7-17 years old who due to poor parents, are out of school, sickly, alcohol/drug addicts, youth offenders or have been sexually abused or exploited.

Distressed Individuals/Families/Groups - needy evacuees/squatters/cultural minorities/refugees and other persons who are victims of social conflicts, or other upheavals and disasters/calamities both natural or man-made.

Outreach Headcount - refers to individuals or groups of individuals extended basic  and special social services.

Social Welfare Services - include care of the aged, care of the disabled and mentally defective, child care, and other welfare services.

Social Welfare Workers - persons who are directly responsible for the dissemination of social welfare services to help individuals, groups, and communities which are in need.

Special Groups - groups of people belonging to either one of the following: a) disadvantaged families; or b) cultural communities.

Special Social Services - social welfare services extended to children, youth and adults with special needs, such as the orphaned, neglected, abandoned, disabled, etc.   Such services include family life education and counseling, adoption, guardianship, foster family care, rehabilitation services, etc.

Supplemental Feeding - is the provision of food assistance to underweight/malnourished children to improve their nutritional status.  Undertaken through centralized neighborhood feeding and home-based feeding.