Handang tulungan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development o DSWD ang mga Pinoy sa Israel na uuwi sa Pilipinas dahil sa nagaganap na giyera sa pagitan ng Israeli military forces at Hamas militant group.
Sinabi ni DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian na inatasan na niya si Undersecretary for operations Pinky Romualdez na makipag-ugnayan sa Department of Migrant Workers para makuha ang listahan ng mga Pinoy na nagnanais na umuwi na ng Pilipinas.
Ayon sa Kalihim lahat ng mga Pinoy na uuwi sa bansa mula sa Israel ay otomatikong benipesaryo ng Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situation o AICS program at Sustainable Livelihood Program o SLP ng dswd.
Inihayag ng DSWD bawat Pinoy na mula sa Israel ay makakatanggap ng kabuuang 15,000 pesos na cash assistance.
Pahayag ni DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian;
“The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is ready to assist Filipino migrant workers who will be repatriated from Israel and Palestine due to the heightening conflict between the Israeli government and Hamas militants.
I instructed the Department’s Operations Group led by Undersecretary Pinky Romualdez to coordinate with the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) for the details of the Filipino workers who wanted to be repatriated from the conflict-torn southern Israel.
We coordinated to DMW to get the list of potential repatriated Pinoys from Israel. Then we prepare their AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) and SLP (Sustainable Livelihood Program).
Based on the report of DMW an initial eight Filipino migrant workers have opted for voluntarily repatriation and are scheduled to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) anytime next week.
The DSWD operations group is now preparing for the intervention on the eight Filipino migrant workers which is through the AICS and SLP programs of the department.
The AICS is one of the social welfare services of the DSWD that provides medical assistance, Burial, Transportation, Education, Food, or Financial assistance for other support services or needs of a person or family.
The SLP is a capability-building program of the DSWD that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, in order to improve their socioeconomic well-being.
Under DSWD’s memorandum circular (mc) no. 16 (series of 2022), the maximum cash assistance given under AICS is php10,000 while a maximum of three students per household can avail of the educational assistance.
Based on mc 16, the maximum educational assistance is php 5,000 for students in Elementary and High School and php 10,000 for students in Senior High School, College and Vocational courses.
For the SLP, which is the other intervention for repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Israel and Palestine, the maximum cash assistance is php 15,000.