According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), at least P5.8 million in monetary assistance has been delivered to low income families in Eastern Samar who have been displaced by the current health crisis.
During the distribution, which took place from September 17 to 20, 2021, each of the 1,960 families received PHP3,000 in cash assistance designated for people in need.
These impoverished families work in the local transportation, fishing, farming, and informal economy sectors in the Eastern Samar provincial towns of Can-avid, Oras, Salcedo, and General MacArthur.
“Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation is a program of DSWD that aims to help our poor countrymen by giving financial, medical and psychosocial support together with some government agencies in giving support to every Filipino in need,” the DSWD said in a statement.
The initiative is part of the DSWD’s protective services for the poor, underprivileged, vulnerable, or disadvantaged people, as well as technical assistance and resource augmentation support to local governments and other partners.
It is a regular program for people who require government support, particularly during the pandemic.
Food packages are also delivered to areas under granular lockdown by the national government via the DSWD.