Tingog party-list Representatives Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre proposed the immediate provision of quarterly medical assistance worth P1,000 up to P150,000 to individuals and/or families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, or are in a crisis situation.
“The 1987 Constitution mandates the State to ‘free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services.’ To uphold this, this bill seeks to institutionalize the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” their explanatory note of House Bill No. 1940 read.
The measure is now pending before the House committee on social services.
“AICS is social safety net or stopgap measure to support the recovery of individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged or are otherwise in crisis situation. It provides psychosocial intervention through therapies, direct financial or material assistance which enables such individuals and families to meet their basic needs in the form of food, transportation, medical educational, or burial assistance, and, referral to other services of other national government agencies,” the bill stated.
Section 4 of the measure proposes that the AICS program provide integrated services to individuals and families in crisis or difficult situations in the form of psychosocial intervention or direct financial and material assistance, particularly transportation assistance, medical assistance, burial assistance, education assistance, food assistance, cash assistance, psychosocial intervention, or referral for other services.
Under the bill, the amount of transportation assistance will be based on actual ticket quotation and may be availed once a year.
The medical aid may be from P1,000 up to P150,000 and may be requested every three months.
Meanwhile, P5,000 up to P25,000 will be allocated for burial assistance. Cash aid worth P1,000 to P10,000 for educational assistance may be availed every year or semester, depending on the educational level of the student.
Food assistance, cash assistance for other support services and provision of PPEs may also be requested under the bill.