By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assured that it will continue to assist locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila affected by the coronavirus lockdown.
“The DSWD will continue to coordinate with local government units and concerned agencies to determine and provide appropriate interventions and assistance to LSIs in Metro Manila,” it said on Monday night.
Last June 17, the DSWD Field Office National Capital Region (FO-NCR), led by Regional Director Vicente Gregorio B. Tomas, extended financial assistance to 500 LSIs in Pier 4, North Port, Manila.
The aid was made possible through the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.
“Most of the LSIs who received assistance were stranded workers, students, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were not able to return to their provinces due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine,” the DSWD said.
The agency also granted aid to LSIs temporarily staying in the Wellness Center, AFP Gymnasium, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last June 19. The provision of assistance was made in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Philippine Army.
“The FO also went to the Coast Guard Gymnasium, Eva Macapagal Port Area in Manila to distribute Family Food Packs (FFPs), sleeping kits, and sanitation kits for OFWs stranded in Pier 15, South Port,” it said.
The DSWD said it provided over P2.19 million worth of assistance to LSIs.
It said its Field Offices have enough resources to assist the local government units (LGUs) respond to the needs of the LSIs.
The DSWD said it is closely coordinating with partner agencies, including the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), LGU Pasay, and other stakeholders to fully assist the LSIs.
The DSWD FO NCR earlier provided 633 sleeping kits, 633 sanitary kits and a financial assistance of P2,000 each to the 633 LSIs who are temporarily staying at the Villamor Airbase Elementary School and at Philippine State College of Aeronautics in Pasay City.
The Department also conducted Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS) – 21 health protocol.