Oliver Bugarin 10 0 0 4 min to read

DSWD uses a “drop box technique” for educational aid payments.

According to a government official, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 (Davao region) has used the “drop box” system to reduce the number of applicants for the educational support payout.

According to DSWD-11 Director Vanessa Goc-ong, the applicants have been told to leave off their requirements in drop boxes located inside the regional and satellite offices in several provinces, in order to avoid congestion.

Goc-ong claimed that following the submission of their paperwork via drop boxes, applicants must wait four to five days for a text reply from DSWD-11 before visiting the office in person.

The DSWD’s initial payout on August 20 was plagued by confusion and crowding, and a number of applicants expressed dissatisfaction with how the distribution was handled. As a result, a revised distribution plan was adopted.

The applicants find the previous incident a little inconvenient. We have a problem with the location since it can’t accommodate them given the crowds at that time, a lawyer named Goc-ong said.

She stated that the next payout, scheduled for August 27, would take place in a larger location since they had requested assistance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ensure that the cash distribution went smoothly by deploying security personnel.

She added that in order to help assure the security of the students, their parents, guardians, and other beneficiaries at the payout sites, the DILG will offer security assistance via the Philippine National Police.

The drop box system, according to Merlinda Paragamac, DSWD-11 assistant director for administration, will greatly improve the organization in crowd control.

She made it clear that the person who received the text message needed to visit the office for additional evaluation.

False claimants won’t be able to take advantage of the program, according to Paragamac, because there will be a text advisory, and we already have a master list.

The August 20 educational support payout resulted in at least 3,337 pupils in the Davao region receiving cash help.

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