490 students expected to receive cash aid in Lapu-Lapu City on last day of distribution of DSWD’s educational assistance

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD 7) targets to distribute educational assistance to 490 student beneficiaries in Lapu-Lapu City on the last day of payout on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Catherine Ladaga, social welfare officer 1 of the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), told SunStar Cebu that more than a half of the target beneficiaries already received their cash assistance as of 11 a.m.

Lagada said they only catered to students from 7 a.m. to noon since they only expected fewer than 500 individuals to flock to their office.

She said the target students were reportedly among those who were not able to claim the assistance during the September 21 payout because they lacked requirements.

The social welfare officer said beneficiaries should have provided their email address and contact number, as well as their address.

As for those who lacked requirements or failed to show up during their scheduled payout, Lagada said they will wait for the agency’s directive whether to give them another chance to claim the assistance.

She said payouts have been going smoothly and manageable, adding that their office and the DSWD 7 had coordinated to facilitate the activities and the venue.

On September 24, though, seven students went to the CSWDO to complain that they did not receive a call for the schedule of their payout even though they had registered online.

“We explained to them that we have yet to receive a directive from the DSWD 7 regarding an additional schedule for the payout or how to deal with students who were able to register but never received a call regarding their schedule to claim the assistance,” Lagada said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

DSWD 7 Director Shalaine Marie Lucero earlier said the regional office has an available fund of P118 million for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations in elementary, high school, senior high and college/vocational level.

She had assured students that if they could not show up on the last distribution date, they still have the chance to receive their cash aid as the agency will not stop the distribution until the entire available fund is released.

Meanwhile, Lagada said the City Government provided free porridge, pancit canton and water to beneficiaries who waited for their turn to receive the cash aid. (MKG)