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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Mar 7 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Provincial Action Team, presented a total of 33 beneficiaries for the Enhanced-Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation (E-AICS) served for the year 2016 and another 44 assisted for the first two months of 2017.

  In a meeting held with the Provincial Inter-Agency Committee (PIAC) members held Friday, it was reported that from the total 33 clients served, 32 were for medical assistance and 1 for food assistance with a total amount of P231,555.00.   For the first two months of 2017, 2 clients were assisted amounting to P22,700 for the month of January and another 42 clients were served for the month of February 2017 amounting to P346,100 having an overall total of P369,100.00, the report added.   Basing on the amount, 2016 was lower compared to the first two months of 2017 because the processing was previously made at the regional level and for this year, the processing of E-AICS is now in the province of Southern Leyte, it was learned.   One of the DSWD programs, E-AICS, the social welfare office provides emergency financial assistance or referral for free services to individuals, and families who are in extremely difficult situation and have inadequate resources.   Under the extended AICS, the social welfare department provides medical, educational, burial, transportation as well as food assistance to persons, particularly those who belong to the informal sector and other poor, marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.   E-AICS is only one of the programs extended by DSWD among others, which include the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB),the Social Pension, as well as the Supplemental Feeding for children aged 0-5 years old and pregnant women.   The PIAC members in the province are composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), PhilHealth, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the staff for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the DSWD provincial action team.(ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)