CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Some 8,969 students in Central Luzon received educational assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the second payout held on Saturday.
Based on the data from the Policy and Plans Division of the DSWD-Central Luzon released on Monday, a total of 1,876 learners were from Nueva Ecija, 1,759 from Bulacan, 1,385 were from Zambales, 1,348 from Pampanga, 1,207 from Aurora, 833 from Tarlac, and 561 were from Bataan.
During the first payout last Aug. 20, the DSWD served 3,911 student beneficiaries, bringing the total to 12,880.
DSWD Undersecretary for Special Projects Eduardo Punay said the increase in the number of students served in the last payout in the region was due to the strengthened cooperation of the different government agencies, active participation of the local government units (LGUs), and the systematic application of the education assistance.
“We are happy with what we have seen in the region, especially with the collaborations between the agencies, LGUs, and the provincial local government units,” Punay said in a statement.
Olivia Dizon, a "purok" or zone leader who volunteered to assist in the distribution of educational cash assistance in Olongapo City, said she was happy for those who benefitted from this government program.
“Maayos, masaya at malaking tulong ito sa ating mga kababayan (It was orderly, happy and big help for our fellow citizens),” Dizon said.
Lahrose Imperial, a 44-year-old mother from Baler, Aurora, who lost her job during the Covid-19 pandemic, is thankful for the government assistance.
“Maraming salamat sa DSWD para sa kanilang programang educational assistance (Thank you very much to the DSWD for their educational assistance),” she said.
Elementary school students received PHP1,000 each while those in high school received PHP2,000 each; those in senior high school, PHP3,000 each; and those taking college or vocational courses, PHP4,000 each.
Only up to three children per family are entitled to financial aid.
The release of the educational assistance is scheduled to run for six Saturdays. (PNA)