The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released PHP132 million worth of material assistance to indigent individuals and families in Region 11.
DSWD-11 Director Mercedita Jabagat said on June 24, 2019, the transportation, medical, burial, educational and financial assistance, was given to over 38,996 individuals and families in crisis in the first half of 2019.
Jabagat said the various assistance given yearly by DSWD through its Crisis Unit provides integrated services to individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, in crisis or in any difficult situation.
Financial assistance is monetary support given either as outright cash or guarantee letter (GL) addressed to service providers or establishments to augment the client’s resources.
Transients, repatriates, deportees, abandoned, student-in-crisis, former rebels, and families of the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines killed-in-action or wounded-in-action can also avail of the assistance, Jabagat said.
The DSWD Crisis Unit also provides psychosocial intervention and referrals to other agencies for services not available in DSWD.
Jabagat said the assistance extended is based on the assessment and recommendation of social workers.
Carmela Duron, the DSWD-11 Information Officer, said people or families availing of DSWD assistance should provide any valid identification card and barangay certification.
Those who want to avail of the assistance should bring the following to DSWD office:
- For medical assistance – Medical Certificate, Hospital Billing, Doctor’s Prescription and Laboratory Request;
- For burial assistance – Death Certificate and Funeral Contract; and
- Fr educational assistance – Enrolment Assessment Form, Validated School Identification Card and Statement of Account.