The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be providing educational assistance to indigent students.
“[W]e provide minimal educational assistance as we recognize that indigent students need help in addressing other school-related expenses,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco said.
The government official said this was under the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), which extends help to meet the educational needs of the children of indigent families.
The program was established to provide emergency financial assistance to families and communities facing vulnerable situations.
Thus, Leyco said this should not be considered as a scholarship, contrary to previous reports.
Indigent students may avail of the assistance by presenting their assessment form/certificate of enrollment/registration for the current school semester, validated school ID, and a barangay certificate of indigency.
Those in elementary and secondary school may only avail this assistance every enrolment period. Indigent students in college can ask for financial aid every semester.
For the second semester of school year 2017-2018, the agency expects to provide around 5,000 indigent students with P3, 000 each.