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DSWD serves nearly 700,000 persons in crisis

DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public of its continuous support for persons in difficult circumstances through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

As of April 30, 2021, the Department has served 688,590 clients nationwide under AICS with over P2.8 billion total amount disbursed.

Through AICS, clients are given medical, burial, transportation, food, non-food assistance in the form of outright cash for other support services to individuals and families in crisis situation.

The Department said that most of the assistance sought after by clients, to date, were cash and food assistance, and psychosocial help.

AICS is a regular program of the Department that serves as an immediate response to aid in the recovery of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals or families during unexpected life situations such as illness or death of a family member, natural and human-induced emergencies, and other critical incidents.

The aid is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices, and Social Welfare Development (SWAD) satellite offices located in the provinces.