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Poor pupils in E. Visayas receive roughly P16 million in aid from DSWD.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has given 6,933 underprivileged pupils in Eastern Visayas educational aid totaling at least PHP15.95 million over the last two weeks.

Attorney Jonalyndie Chua, information officer for DSWD 8 (Eastern Visayas), stated on Tuesday that the online appointment method made it possible to process applications more quickly on August 27 than it had been the week before.

“Saturday, because police officers helped with crowd control, our team could concentrate on handling the aid. Chua told the Philippine News Agency that it was quicker and more organized (PNA).

Of the 6,933 grantees, 2,068 come from the province of Leyte, 1,327 come from Northern Samar, 1,055 come from Samar, 978 come from Eastern Samar, 802 come from Southern Leyte, and 703 come from Biliran.

Chua stated that until September 24, processing for educational assistance would take place every Saturday, with individuals who made appointments online through the DSWD website receiving preference.

“The collected data from the online appointment portal will serve as our foundation in the upcoming weeks. It will be dispersed according to province. The logistical support for the distribution of aid will be provided by the local administrations in the major cities, she continued.

The local DSWD-8 office momentarily shut down its online appointment site in order to process the data submitted by applicants.

Cash assistance is given to “students-in-crisis” through the DSWD’s Educational Assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to help cover the costs of school tuition, school supplies, transportation allowance, and other school-related expenses.

The assistance is provided in the form of outright cash grants worth PHP1,000 for elementary students, PHP2,000 for high school students, PHP3,000 for seniors in high school, and PHP4,000 for students enrolled in college and vocational programs.

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