DSWD does not distribute “educational assistance” directly to schools

Online applications for school aid have ceased, but processing of submitted applications and distribution of aid will continue until September 24

To claim: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide school-to-school educational assistance.

Several posts with the claim were posted by the “DSWD 2nd Batch Scholarships 2022-2023” Facebook page, which was created on August 13.

Rating: FALSE

Why did we check this: A post with said claim has around 601 reactions, 1,100 comments and 3,200 shares, at the time of writing.

The bottom line: The DSWD has not announced that the distribution of education aid has been redirected to schools. You cannot receive DSWD educational support from your school.

Untrustworthy: The fake Facebook page with the false claim is unverified and not affiliated with DSWD. The link he posts redirects to a Blogspot (now called Blogger) website that asks users to provide personal information. Similar fake pages have already been verified by Rappler.

The ministry has already issued a public notice warn people against fake pages last August 22. The department generally uses Google Forms for online registration, but at the time of writing it is no longer accepting responses.

Official announcement: In a ABS-CBN TeleRadio interview On September 12, DSWD Deputy Secretary Romel Lopez announced that it was no longer accepting online applications for education aid, but would continue to process until September 24 those applications that he had already received.

To avoid being misled by fake pages, obtain your information from the department manager Facebook and Twitter pages. – Pola Regalario/Rappler.com

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