DSWD assures continuous aid for distressed persons

Published January 2, 2021, 2:34 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed to continuously assist distressed individuals and families in crisis situation. 

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista made the commitment as he disclosed that the agency has so far extended assistance to more than 808,000 clients under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

“The DSWD continues to support the recovery of individuals and families from unexpected crisis through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS),” he said. 

He said the aid is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices (FOs), and satellite offices in provinces. 

Under AICS, beneficiaries are given educational, medical, transportation, burial, and food and non-food assistance in the form of outright cash to assist them in providing the basic needs of the families.

 “From January to October 2020, the Department has served 808,515  clients nationwide under the AICS,” Bautista noted. 

The cash aid is given once a month for two months during the quarantine period, according to the DSWD guidelines. 

The DSWD earlier took note that most of the requests are for medical or burial assistance.

DSWD guidelines said among the beneficiaries of AICS are homeless families and other vulnerable groups,  indigent indigenous peoples,  informal sectors, and farmers and fisherfolk. 

It provides that beneficiaries who have already received 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.