The Department of Social Welfare and Development has terminated online registration for its education assistance program for indigent students after the number of applicants has already reached 2 million.
DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo said the department had already distributed some 800 million pesos out of more than 50 percent of its 1.5 billion peso budget for the program.
“The application for education aid is now closed,” Tulfo said in a radio interview on Saturday.
“We can no longer be able to accommodate more than two million candidates because we are only considering a budget of 1.5 billion pesos,” he added.
Tulfo said he would discuss with President Martin Romualdez a possible arrangement with district lawmakers to cover educational assistance for those who failed to make the cut for online enrollment.
“Next week, we will speak with Congress under the leadership of President Martin Romualdez so that our legislators can fill the funding gap by district. We will jointly fund assistance for those who were unable to apply online. DSWD and Congress will discuss ways to provide this educational assistance,” he said.
The final education aid installment, Tulfo said, will be “two Saturdays from now” or until September 24.
Under this scheme, up to three students per needy family can receive cash assistance worth P1,000 for primary school students, P2,000 for high school students, P3,000 for high school students and P4,000 for college students.
Meanwhile, during last week’s budget hearing, Rep. Elizaldy Co, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said increasing the budget for DSWD’s flagship assistance program next year will help to lift the poorest of the poor in the country out of poverty, malnutrition and want. opportunities and education.
Co thanked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for increasing the 4Ps budget by 7.3% from 107.7 billion pesos which will have served 4.37 million households this year to 115.6 billion pesos for reach 4.4 million households next year.
He said DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4P) program addresses both the immediate need for social assistance and the strategic objective of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.