Monday, July 20, 2015

Educational assistance not scholarship

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5 has clarified that the amount received for the educational assistance is based on the social worker’s assessment and documents submitted by the clients.

DSWD-5 Director Arnel Garcia
The common misconception of the public is that the assistance is considered as a scholarship program which DSWD strongly disproves, DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia explained. The educational assistance does not guarantee to cover the full amount of the tuition fee and other school expenses.

“Clients can receive P1,000 to P5,000 based on DSWD screening and should understand that this is
only an augmentation to the student’s school-related expenses such as purchase of school supplies,
transportation allowance and also school tuition fees,” he added.

Moreover, DSWD accepts referrals from anyone but reiterates that the referrals made by any group or
individual has no influence to determine the amount received by the beneficiaries. The form and
amount of financial assistance to be provided to beneficiaries shall be based on the assessment and
recommendation of the DSWD licensed professional social workers.

The last day of registration for the educational assistance closed last May covering the first semester
for school year 2015-16.

Educational assistance is under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a part of the

DSWD's menu under protective services for the marginalized and disadvantaged individuals. It is a
form of assistance given to qualified beneficiaries to help defray the other cost of sending students to

AICS is being implemented by the' Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) to provide a .range of services, such as immediate rescue, and provision of direct financial assistance, psychosocial support, and material assistance including medical, transportation, financial, burial, and other services, .

DSWD Field Office 5 caters to applicants coming from the province of Albay. Other applicants can go directly to its satellite offices in the following provinces:

Masbate- E. Bldg., 2/F, Corner Ibañez and Medina Sts., Masbate City
Camarines Sur- Topaz St., Jacob ext., Naga City
Camarines Norte-3/F, LJR Bldg., J. Lukban Ext., Brgy. 3, Daet, Camarines Norte
Catanduanes-Brgy. Constantino, Virac, Catanduanes
Sorsogon-Lee Bldg., Quezon St., Polvorista, Sorsogon City
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