By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Aside from the emergency subsidies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Regular Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), has provided P144.8 million in financial assistance to more than 33,000 clients nationwide, including those with COVID-19 related concerns.
The DSWD said 33, 753 AICS clients, including 6,478 stranded individuals, have been given cash assistance.
“In addition to the SAP, the DSWD–through its Regular Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS)-catered to 33, 753 clients for COVID-related concerns (e.g. requests for medical or burial assistance), including 6,478 stranded individuals in the total amount of P144,860,857.22,” it wrote in a report.
Under AICS, target beneficiaries are expected to receive assistance in the form of outright cash to help them provide basic needs for their families.
The cash aid is given once a month for two months during the quarantine period, according to the DSWD guidelines.
Based on the guidelines, beneficiaries who have received aid from either the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) Grant or Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Worker (TUPAD) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and other comparable assistance from other national government agencies, are no longer eligible for AICS.
The DSWD also assured the public that it continues to provide relief assistance to the local government units (LGUs) which need augmentation support to respond to the needs of their constituents.
The department has distributed a total of 612,871 family food packs (FFPs) worth about P258.43 million nationwide.