October 7, 2022

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera has released P4,455,000 as financial assistance to 1,425 students since Aug. 20.

The DSWD-Cordillera said the initial payout was released to 99 beneficiaries in Apayao, 237 in Abra, 561 in Kalinga, 20 in Mountain Province, 112 in Ifugao, 251 in Benguet, and 145 at the regional field office that covers beneficiaries in Baguio City of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis (AICS).

DSWD-Cordillera Director Leo Quintilla said the agency is continuously assessing the beneficiaries of the program as instructed by Sec. Erwin Tulfo.

He said they are coming up with schemes on how to improve the system of distribution and prevent long queues at the distribution sites.

Applicants must register at tinyurl.com/AICS-DSWD and provide the information needed. A text message will be sent to the applicant stating the date and place of payout.

During the initial payout, Quintilla said personnel of the DSWD assisted in the online registration of the applicants to prevent them from queuing for hours.

Eligible persons include students from poor families, working students, breadwinners of the family, orphan or abandoned children, persons with disability, victims of calamity, children of solo parent/distressed overseas Filipino workers, or a person living with human immunodeficiency syndrome.

The applicant must have a school registration form or certificate of enrollment, valid identification of the claimant or a school ID, or any government-issued ID of the authorized representative.

Malaking tulong ang pinansyal na tulong na natanggap para sa araw-araw na pamasahe ng aking anak na isang college student,” said Dexie Arabejo, a solo parent and one of the beneficiaries who received P4,000 on Aug. 20.

Gina Marie Tadeo from Cabuluan, Bangued, who received P6,000, said she will use the money to buy school supplies for her children.

She earlier received a P10,000 as a beneficiary whose house was totally damaged house due to the July 27 earthquake. The family still stays in a tent.

Lorena Ermino of Navy Base, Baguio City said they registered online and were able to get financial assistance for her children.

The education assistance under the AICS program of the DSWD was approved by the government to address the clamor of parents for assistance due to the economic slump brought about by the Covid-19. – PNA