DSWD 7 to distribute P102M worth of educational aid on September 3

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THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas is preparing P102 million worth of educational assistance that will be distributed to 11,000 beneficiaries on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

DSWD 7 Director Shalaine Marie Lucero said 39 local government units in Central Visayas will simultaneously release the cash aid on Saturday, with the majority of beneficiaries coming from Cebu.

Lucero said 59,000 students initially registered to avail themselves of the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program. However, only 46,000 qualified, as the 13,000 others have their families already enrolled in the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or already have scholarships.

She reminded the public that scholars and 4Ps beneficiaries are exempt from the program.

Also not qualified are Cebu City residents who were former students of public schools but have transferred to private schools, as the City Government had given them already P10,000 scholarship grant.

Students of state colleges and universities will only qualify if they are AICS beneficiaries and have no scholarships or grants, said Lucero.

She also said Thursday that during the distribution on Saturday, the DSWD 7 will not entertain walk-in applicants, so those who wish to avail themselves of the aid have to register first online and wait for confirmation of their schedule of distribution.

Saturday’s distribution will also be for those who failed to claim last week their assistance, while those who may not be able to claim it on Saturday can still get the aid during the next distribution.

The DSWD 7 had so far released during the two previous distributions a total of P20.2 million to 7,818 beneficiaries in the region.

For a student to qualify for the program, he or she must either be a breadwinner, a working student, an orphan, child of a single parent or unemployed parents, child of an overseas Filipino worker, victim of child abuse or calamity, or has parents who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Under the program, elementary students will get P1,000 each, high school student -- P2,000, senior high -- P3,000, and college or vocational student -- P4,000.

The next distributions will be done on September 10, 17 and 24.

Beneficiaries only need to present a student certificate or study load, valid identification card (ID) of the parent or guardian, and school ID (college and vocational students) to be able to claim the assistance. (PAC/PJB/LMY)