Before the start of the school year, the DSWD developed a program to assist low-income families with the financial assistance required to send their children to school. The program, known as AICS Educational Assistance, provides financial assistance to families and will operate for six weeks. Region 9 students (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Isabela City) can learn more about this application procedures and registration process online.
Beneficiaries could make anywhere from P1,000 to P4,000 in August and September. Members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), however, can’t get this cash help.
Still, some of the 4Ps have already gotten money to help them. Before, the DSWD asked 4Ps members who got cash aid to give it back. Even though this was the case, no one answered the request.
And, as a result of how the administration handled the problem, this has recently become somewhat controversial. Despite this, the department continues to support students who need and deserve financial aid.
What is the AICS Educational Assistance Program?
AICS is a DWSD program that helps those in need acquire food, medicine, transportation, and other necessities. The abbreviation AICS stands for “Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations.” Assistance is provided in this case so that the individual can continue their education. Reading the rest of this guide will teach you more about who is eligible for the program, the rules, and how it works.
As the name implies, the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) – Educational Assistance Program provides financial assistance to students in need. This money can be used to pay for the beneficiaries’ school fees, books, supplies, projects, allowances, and other expenses.
The DSWD is focusing on aiding “students in crisis” because the program has limited funding only.
Qualifications for the DSWD Educational Assistance Program by DSWD Field Office 9
What does it mean to say that a student is “in crisis”? The DSWD says that a student in crisis is one who is a:
- Working student;
- Breadwinner of the family;
- Child of a solo parent;
- Child whose parents are unemployed;
- Child of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW);
- Child of a parent with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV);
- Orphaned/abandoned child living with relatives;
- Victim of abuse; or
- Victim of calamity or natural disaster.
Benefits of the DSWD Educational Assistance Program by DSWD Field Office 9
How much money does the program provide to aid with school expenses? Qualified individuals may be eligible for the following financial assistance, depending on their educational background:
- Elementary — PHP 1,000.00
- High School — PHP 2,000.00
- Senior High School — PHP 3,000.00
- Vocational/College — PHP 4,000.00
Requirements of the DSWD Educational Assistance Program by DSWD Field Office 9
Individuals who are eligible to apply for DSWD Educational Assistance must meet the following requirements:
- School ID of the student;
- Valid ID of parent or guardian;
- Certificate of Registration/Enrollment; and
- Statement of Account indicating the name of the school and the student’s miscellaneous fees.
NOTE: The aid will be given to the child’s parent or legal guardian for their education. To avoid complications during the process, ensure that the documents are authentic and accurate. Anyone who produces false documents will face legal consequences.
Procedures to Avail of the DSWD Educational Assistance Program – DSWD Region 9 (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Isabela City)
For STUDENT-IN-CRISIS in the whole region who doesn’t have an appointment or priority number yet, you can make an online appointment via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXnCid9Op2_qzwCXOvbpskH-4RatFwkrrNGlFsAhCxsAbH4Q/viewform
The DSWD Field Office 9 will also inform you that after the online appointment, you will receive a text message from DSWD FO9 regarding the status OR schedule and the place where the DSWD social worker will be processed and assessed if you are qualified to receive educational assistance.
This process is for those in Region 9 (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Isabela City).
Only clients who have received the confirmation text will be assessed for Educational Assistance. All successful applicants will go through an interview assessment of the Field Office 9’s social workers.
As for the schedule of “Educational Assistance Payout,” this will be held every Saturday, on the following dates: August 20, August 27, September 3, September 10, September 17, and September 24, 2022 — at the DSWD Central Office and Field Offices.
Reminder: Those who receive text messages are advised to bring their own water and food.
Note: For those who wish to register, walk-in registration is temporarily suspended; however, the online link can be used to register until 5pm, August 28, 2022 (Sunday).
Video: The DSWD Educational Assistance Programs
Watch this Facebook video of DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo about the AICS – Educational Assistance Program:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked inquiries regarding the DSWD’s AICS Educational Assistance Program in the meantime:
1. How much educational assistance can I get?
The financial aid amounts are as follows: (a) PHP 1,000 for elementary school; (b) PHP 2,000 for high school; (c) PHP 3,000 for senior high school; and (d) PHP 4,000 for vocational/college.
2. How do I know if I am qualified for educational assistance?
As previously indicated, the program is strictly for “students in crisis.” If you are one of the following, you are considered a student in crisis: (a) working student; (b) family breadwinner; (c) child of a single parent; (d) child whose parents are unemployed; (e) child of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW); (f) child of a parent infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); (g) orphaned/abandoned child living with relatives; (h) victim of abuse
3. How can I apply for educational assistance?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the nearest regional or field office to ask for help with school. Before deciding whether or not to help you pay for school, a social worker will look at your request.
4. When is the pay out of the educational assistance?
In 2022, the following Saturdays will see the distribution of the DSWD’s educational assistance: August 20, August 27, September 3, September 10, September 17, and September 24. The DSWD Central Office opens on the specified days at 7:00 a.m. to accept applications and start disbursing funds, while DWSD Field Offices across the nation open at 8:00 a.m.
5. Who can I call to ask about the program?
If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this programme or any other DSWD program, please call their Agency Operations Center (AOC) at the numbers listed below.
- Smart — 0943 464 8026 / 0943 464 8086 / 0932 933 3251
- Globe — 0995 715 3926 / 0995 715 3934
NOTE: The aforementioned lines can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
As of August 20, 2022, the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations Educational program of DSWD had given money to more than 48,000 students. Those who qualify for the program will be able to pay for their studies through the about PHP 140 million worth of program funds. Contact your local DSWD office if you or your child are a student who is eligible for this programme.
DISCLAIMER: The main goal of this guide is to provide people with general information. You can find out more about the Educational Assistance Program by going to your DSWD regional office’s official website and Facebook page.
Contact Information: DSWD Field Office 9
If you have any questions, please contact the DSWD Field Office 9 at the following address:
Address: General Vicente Alvarez Street 7000 Zamboanga City, Philippines
Telephone: (062) 991 6030
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