The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will no longer accept walk-ins in its distribution of educational cash assistance to indigent students.

Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo said on Wednesday that recipients should set appointments via email (ciu.co@dswd.gov.ph) and register online instead of going to DSWD offices.

“‘Pag nag-walk in, magkakaproblema na naman po tayo. ‘Yun po ang mahigpit na instruction,” he said in a press briefing.

The distribution of educational assistance is held every Saturday from Aug. 20 to Sept. 24.

The first day of the distribution was met with overcrowding in DSWD offices.

“Aside from online, puwedeng QR code, puwedeng text kung hindi smartphone ang gamit nila, sasagutin naman namin. […] Madali lang po kaming hanapin, pupunta lang po sa website ng DSWD at doon nila makikita ‘yun,” Tulfo said.

The assistance program hands P1,000 to elementary students, P2,000 to high school students, P3,000 to senior high school students and P4,000 to students enrolled in college or vocational courses.

Up to three children per family could receive the assistance. John Ezekiel J. Hirro