The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged anew senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to refrain from going out and send their authorized representatives to claim their financial assistance from the local government units (LGUs).
The DSWD made the appeal on Monday, April 26, as the LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR)-plus continued distributing the government’s one-time financial assistance to their qualified constituents.
“Seniors and PWDs may send younger and healthier members of their families as their authorized representatives to claim their aid,” it said in a statement.
“To claim the aid, the representatives may need to show their ID, the senior citizen’s ID, and the authorization letter signed by the elderly-beneficiary,” it reminded.
The DSWD noted that while there are LGUs that are conducting house-to-house distribution of the aid, others have opted for big venue payouts where beneficiaries need to line up.
“The Department continues to put premium on the safety and welfare of the older persons and PWDs especially during this ongoing global health crisis,” it said.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had assured that the distribution of cash aid in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be completed before the May 15 extended deadline.
As of April 23, more than P7.47 billion worth of aid has been distributed to more than 7.4 million beneficiaries in the NCR-plus.