The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday announced its efforts to assist the families of soldiers killed in action/wounded in action. Undersecretary for Institutional Development Group Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa said that the Department acted on President Rodrigo Duterte's instructions with haste.
"DSWD Field Offices in the regions where the families and dependents of the soldiers live have already conducted initial visits and have come up with assessments and recommendations based on their discussions with the family members. Social workers have also provided counselling to the dependents and relatives," she said.
Usec. Ancheta-Templa said that the Protective Services Fund Management Office of DSWD has also given a summary report on the said interventions to Malacanang through the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).
It is stated in the DSWD report that among the 33 families visited by the Field Offices in the past week, 14 of them considered the slain or wounded soldier to be the head of the family. Only one wife identified herself as having a stable job, while two of the soldiers were responsible for sending their younger siblings to school.
Most of the soldiers' dependent/s are also in need of assistance (educational, transportation, medical, and food subsidy). These forms of financial assistance are now being provided by the DSWD's Crisis Intensive Unit or CIU. In the meantime, the DSWD Field Offices are preparing to enroll some of the parents of the soldiers in the Department's indigent senior citizen pension fund.
"Just like most Filipinos, most of the soldiers' dependents are in need of additional sources of income to augment their small household budgets," Usec. Ancheta-Templa said.
Source: Philippine Information Agency