September 21, 2022

DILG asks LGUs to help DSWD after chaotic deployment of education aid

LGUs are responsible for providing manpower support and fixed locations for the distribution of financial aid for education

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has tasked Local Government Units (LGUs) to assist the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in distributing financial aid to the education or “ayuda”, following the chaotic crisis. deployment of aid throughout the country on Saturday 20 August.

In a statement on Monday, August 22, DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos said a memorandum of understanding between his agency and the DSWD directed the latter to coordinate with the LGUs in disseminating information on guidelines, mechanisms and timing of aid disbursement.

He added that LGUs must provide manpower support and fixed locations, but clarified that DSWD staff and social workers are still responsible for distributing cash assistance.

“In the case of cities and large municipalities, it is encouraged to have multiple distribution centers to avoid overcrowding of students and their parents,” he said in the DILG press release.

DILG’s response followed the DSWD’s plea for help, when thousands of Filipinos seeking help with financial education turned up at central and regional government welfare offices.

Progressive groups criticized the DSWD for its lack of preparation, while DSWD secretary Erwin Tulfo had already apologised.

“I apologize if you were unable to receive cash assistance. But we did not say that we would give everyone cash assistance today,” DSWD Secretary Erwin said. Tulfo.

Under DSWD’s Assistance to People in Crisis (AICS) program, vulnerable families with children in elementary schools will receive financial assistance worth 1,000 pesos; high school, P2,000; high school, P3,000; and college, P4,000.

A maximum of three students per family can join the originally scheduled six-week program every Saturday from August 20 to September 24.

A total of 24,175 schools resumed five days of face-to-face classes in the Philippines on August 22 after two years of distance learning due to the pandemic. – Rappler.com