The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Provincial Government of Siquijor have granted a total of over P6 million in Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to at least 790 clients as of April 11, 2023, said Provincial Social Welfare Officer Divine Grace Lecias in her report during the 1st Quarterly Provincial Convergence (PCC) meeting held at E.I. Suites, Siquijor, Siquijor on April 13.
Lecias said AICS is a provision of integrated services to individuals and families in crisis or difficult situation, either walk-in or referred.
She gave details on the types of assistance offered that includes transportation, medical, burial, educational, food and cash assistance.
Transportation, she said, is the assistance in the form of payment of transport tickets, either by air, land or sea and/or expenses during emergency, for travels of beneficiary within the country.
This applies to those returning to their home province permanently, or seek medical intervention in another place, attendance to emergency concerns such as death, care of sick family member or relative, rescue of abuses or trafficked relatives, or events of disaster/calamity that require immediate presence of the beneficiary.
Medical assistance covers hospitalization expenses, cost of medicines, and other medical treatment or procedures.
Burial assistance covers funeral and other related expenses including, but not limited to, expenses in bringing the remains of the deceased to his or her residence/hometown, interment, cremation, and/or burial site in accordance with existing customary practices of the family.
Educational Assistance is a form of assistance given to student-in-crisis, to help defray school expenses and/or cost of sending students/children to school such as school fees, supplies, projects, allowance and other related expenses.
She said the DSWD also offers food assistance to beneficiaries to meet the need for food and other nutritional requirements for sustenance.
The assistance may also be provided through outright cash to supplement the transportation and medical assistance, she said.
Cash assistance, on the other hand, is an outright cash provided to individuals and families in crisis or in extremely difficult circumstances such as child-victim of online sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, rescued individuals/families against abuse, victim-survivors of violence against women and children, persons living with Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV); families and children of people who use drugs (PWUD), those killed in Action/Wounded in Action uniformed personnel (police and soldiers); repatriated or deported OFWs, rebel returnees, victims of fire, armed conflict and other incidents/occurrence putting those affected in crisis situation.
Requirements include identification document and any of the following as may be applicable: police blotter or certification for victims of pickpockets, illegal recruitment, and the like; medical certificate or medical abstract, discharge summary, and certificate of confinement for medical assistance; billing statement with the current date for hospital bills; pharmacy receipt for medicines or assistive devices; laboratory requests for medical procedures; and chemotherapy protocols for therapy-specific treatment.
For funeral assistance, requirements are identification documents, death certificate, and a funeral contract, while for education assistance, school certificate, school IDs, and a statement of account.
For food assistance, the requirements include referral and a certificate of indigency.
Cash assistance with a maximum amount of P10,000 requires screening and verification.
Lecia pointed out that AICS can only be availed once every three months. (PR/Chrislin Barba, Siquijor Provincial Science High School Work Immersion student)