DSWD does not have a scholarship program for indigent students

According to DSWD, they only offer indigent students educational assistance, not a scholarship program

To claim: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide a scholarship program for primary, secondary and college students. Students will receive a cash allowance of P6,500, laptop, mobile phone and school supplies. Mothers will also receive a monthly allowance of P7,000.

Rating: FALSE

Why did we check this: At the time of writing, the post containing the claim has garnered over 1,500 reactions and comments and over 6,000 shares on Facebook.

The bottom line: According to DSWD, they don’t have scholarship programs, just educational aid for indigent students. An email from DSWD on Sunday August 14 confirmed that the department does not have a scholarship program at this time.

  • In a informative video posted by DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo last Saturday, August 13, he mentioned that the amount of education aid may vary depending on the student applying.
  • Primary students can get P1,000, while high school students can get P2,000. High school students can get P3,000 aid, while vocational and college students can get P4,000.
  • Elementary, high school, and senior high school students can apply for education aid once per school year, while college students can apply each semester.

Security net: This educational aid is part of the Assistance to people in crisis (AICS) DSWD program. The program is a “safety net” to “support individuals and families” in “unexpected crisis situations”. Medical, funeral and transportation assistance is also provided under the AICS program.

Unofficial page: The complaint was posted by a page called “DSWD 4ps Update”, which is not affiliated with DSWD. – Erick Prynze Sazon/Rappler.com

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