The distribution of government aid under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) may resume within two weeks, a DSWD official said.
DSWD Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Romel Lopez, quoted by a GMA News report, said the distribution was halted as the department is still waiting for their fund for 2023 to be downloaded.
“We are expecting this within a week or maybe two, maybe this is already the maximum. Maybe within the week, the fund will be downloaded already. We will immediately resume the distribution of the cash assistance,” Lopez, in the GMA News report, said.
Despite this, the official said the agency can still process assistance from clients whose service providers acknowledge the guarantee letter of the agency.
“We can still process assistance from clients whose service providers accept or acknowledge the guarantee letter of the DSWD,” the official said,
“‘Yun nga lang po, uulitin ko po, suspindido po muna ‘yung outright cash assistance sa ilalim ng AICS dahil po hinihintay po natin maisaayos po ‘yung pondo natin ngayong taon. (However, I will repeat, the outright cash assistance under AICS is suspended because we are waiting for our funds for this year),” Lopez further said.