The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD FO CAR) through its Expanded Assistance to Individuals in Crises Situation (E-AICS) has assisted a total of 102,228 individuals from January to September 14, 2022 releasing a total amount of PHP 242,262,425.11.

Of this number, 17,816 individuals received medical assistance, 19,772 received educational assistance, and 20,966received other cash assistance. There are also 1,708 who received burial assistance, 55 for transportation assistance, and 976 food assistance.

The E-AICS is one of the regular programs of the DSWD which aims to provide immediate assistance to individuals and families who are in difficult circumstances such as sudden loss of job, calamities, or sickness.

“Our E-AICS aims to assist individuals and families in need not just by providing financial assistance, but through psychosocial interventions as well” DSWD FO CAR Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla said.

There are 49,860 individuals that have been provided with psychosocial services. Individuals who received such included those that have been victims of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Abra Province. These individuals underwent activities such as art therapy, counselling, and sports led by DSWD social workers to process and ease the trauma that they underwent because of the disaster which affected their living condition.

Meanwhile, Director Quintilla assures the public on the continuous implementation of the E-AICS including the educational assistance.

“We are continuously working to provide educational assistance to our deserving students. Through our social workers, we are ensuring that those who will receive the assistance are those who are really in need”, Director Quintilla added.

Earlier, individuals who are interested to avail of the said assistance were asked to register through an online platform. These individuals will be called to report to DSWD FO CAR through text or call for their assessment including the presentation of prescribed documents.

Aside from the text message for the confirmed schedule, potential beneficiaries will be required to present the following:

  1. Valid ID of the client or the representative requesting the assistance;
  2. Statement of account;
  3. Authorization letter if a representative is processing the assistance; and any of the following:
  4. Medical certificate, prescription or medical abstract discharge summary, medical bill for medical assistance;
  5. Death certificate or funeral contract for burial assistance;
  6. Certificate of enrolment/ school ID for educational assistance; and
  7. Referral letter or certificate of indigency, barangay blotter report or record, certification, and other documents that may support the claim or establish need for transportation, food and cash assistance.

Clients will be assessed and crisis situation should be established in case study report prior to release of said assistance.

“As much as we want to help all clients seeking for assistance, we are bound to ensure that all set guidelines are observed. It is also our duty to warrant that our limited resources are maximized and used efficiently”, Director Quintilla added.

Meanwhile, the DSWD FO CAR continues to serve students in need every Saturday of September 2022 and even during weekdays through the release of educational assistance. As to date, there are already 19,772 clients served with a total of PHP 52,467,000.00.

Only potential beneficiaries who have received a call or text message are advised to visit DSWD offices during the specified schedule. Walk-in registrations are discouraged as of the moment and the resumption of registration period will be announced by the DSWD through its official social media account at #DSWD FIELD OFFICE CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, NERIZZA FAYE G. VILLANUEVA-TRINIDAD

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