Oliver Bugarin 11 0 0 4 min to read

5K C. Visayas children will get DSWD educational funding in the second payout.

A top agency official announced on Friday that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) would provide educational aid to 5,007 pupils in Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Saturday.

According to Shalaine Lucero, regional director of DSWD-7 OIC, this is the second assessment/payout for the four Central Visayas provinces, with the first taking place last August 20.

The target recipients for this weekend’s payout are broken down as follows: 2,561 students in Cebu; 752 in Bohol; 1,622 in Negros Oriental; and 72 in Siquijor. They will go through a test to see if they qualify for aid, and if they do, they’ll get it right now.

A total of 4,511 students from these four provinces received financial aid during the first payout.

For the entire region, we have allocated PHP118 million for educational help for kids in need, and payouts will be made every weekend through the end of September, according to Lucero.

In the meantime, according to Lucero, her office has temporarily stopped accepting online applications for financial help for higher education because the number of applicants from the area has already reached 59,000.

The intended audience for this aid is students at elementary, secondary, senior high, and college levels.

Following the discovery of some inconsistencies, such as the duplication of names and beneficiaries of the Pantawaid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, information technology (IT) staff will be able to consolidate data and “clean out” the existing records thanks to the suspension of online applications, according to Lucero.

She pointed out that recipients of the 4Ps program, as well as other government scholars, are not qualified for this support.

According to the availability of openings that the IT staff will determine, we will reopen and resume accepting online applications after the database for online applicants has been polished and unified.

Under this particular program, educational support is provided in the amounts of PHP 1,000 for elementary kids, PHP 2,000 for secondary students, PHP 3,000 for seniors, and PHP 4,000 for college or vocational students.

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