Third District students receive academic aid

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez leads the distribution of AICS educational aid to students at Victorias City Coliseum.*

A total of 1,035 students in five local government units comprising the 3rd District of Negros Occidental, recently received educational assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Crisis Assistance Program (AICS) ), facilitated by Representative Jose Francisco Benítez.

Jinny Caridad, a second-year high school student from Brgy. San Fernando, Talisay City thanked Rep. Benitez during the rotation rites held Sept. 6 at Brgy. Covered Zone 2 land in Talisay City.

A statement from Benitez’s congressional office says 1,896 medical and funeral aid recipients received financial assistance from August 31 to September 6, which was distributed in the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and the municipality by EB Magalona.

This brings to a total of 3,843 residents contacted by the congressional district office since August 22, taking advantage of one of DSWD’s protective services for the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Thanks to the efforts of Representative Benitez, a total financial aid of 10 million pesos allocated to the third district will be distributed to qualified residents.

For medical, funeral, food, transport and other support services, assistance ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 pula, as the assessment is based on individual circumstances. Educational aid ranges from P4,000 to P7,500 per qualified student.

Congressional District staff, DSWD regional office representatives, and LGU welfare staff are working hand-in-hand to implement this increased local government resource support.

The focal points for Third District programs and services based in the satellite offices are Allana Montepio (0918-4552696) for Victorias, Sonia Macapagal (0919-64444578) for EB Magalona, ​​Jicky Casiple (0918-5022736) for Silay, Bonnie Rose Dajay (0928-8334076) for Talisay and Benjie Villa (0968-7439237) for Murcia.*

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