Oliver Bugarin 9 0 0 4 min to read

With the assistance of LGUs, DSWD releases educational aid.

To prevent a repeat of the “uncontrolled” crowd that surrounded its central office on Saturday during the first day of the distribution of educational aid, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA).

According to DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo, the MOA should be signed by Monday.

“Starting next Thursday, the local government units will be tutulong” (LGUs). However, the DSWD social workers would continue to handle the payout next week, Tulfo added. “Next week, the LGUs will assist, but the DSWD social workers will still manage the payout.

Long lineups have been reported at the provincial offices, and applicants have camped out in front of the central office in Diliman, Quezon City, since Friday night.

At 7 a.m., the line was stopped since all available spots had been taken.

Those who couldn’t get in received stubs for the August 27 Saturday-only release.

“Binigyan na lang po namin ng stubs so that she can be made up next week. The others were handed stubs so they might return the following week, although it was still difficult to accommodate them if they were pipila. If they keep lining up after the slots are all taken, it will just be a waste,” Tulfo added.

Chaotic

When the throng rushed toward the gate at the main campus of Zamboanga City High School in Barangay Tetuan, 29 people were hurt.

According to Col. Alexander Lorenzo, director of the Zamboanga City Police Office, the event took place on Saturday at 8 a.m.

The 29 injured, consisting of two men and 27 women, ranged in age from 16 to 58, according to the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), who said they offered emergency attention.

“No casualties were reported to be in critical condition, and everyone received outpatient care. All medical expenditures will be processed by ZCMC Medical Social Services, according to a Facebook announcement from the hospital.

The goal, according to Ivan Eric Salvador, information officer for DSWD-Zamboanga Peninsula, is 500 recipients per Saturday through September 24.

The names of persons wishing to receive educational support for assessment are pre-registered. When to claim, financial aid will be sent to those who qualify.

The financial aid for low-income students will cover up to three children per family, with elementary school students receiving PHP1,000, high school students PHP2,000, senior high school students, PHP3,000, and college and vocational course students PHP4,000.

Six Saturdays will pass before September 24 before the aid is dispersed at the DSWD central office, regional, provincial, and other local offices.


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