The Department of Social Welfare and Development is offering cash assistance to indigent students to help them in their school-related needs as the new school year opens on Monday next week.
Starting this Saturday, August 20 and every Saturday until September 24, the DSWD's central office in Quezon City as well as its field offices in the provinces will accommodate indigent students or their parents to avail of the educational assistance which is given only once every school year.
"This program is aimed to help our indigent students all over the country, which means children coming from poor families will be given a cash assistance to buy their school supplies or whatever need that they need in school like school supplies, school fees, uniform, shoes," Social Welfare Sec. Erwin Tulfo said in a press conference on Thursday.
To avail of the assistance, school children or their parents only need to present a certificate of employment and/or a valid school ID.
Parents of elementary and high school students are not required to bring their children to DSWD offices to avail of the assistance. Senior high school students, college students, and those taking vocational courses can visit DSWD offices by themselves.
Where can eligible beneficiaries avail of the assistance?
Qualified beneficiaries can visit the DSWD's central office in Batasan, Quezon City to receive the financial assistance starting at 7 a.m. on Aug. 20 and every Saturday until Sept. 24. Walk-ins are allowed.
For those living in the provinces, the payout will be done at the DSWD's field offices during the same dates starting at 8 a.m.
Tulfo said there is no cut-off in the distribution of the cash assistance. "Tatapusin namin yung mga tao na nasa pila," he added.