By establishing the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program as legislation through House Bill (HB) No. 10428, up to P150,000 in financial assistance would be available to Filipinos that are blindsided by emergencies.
Originally the project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Deputy Minority Leader Stella Quimbo endeavor to institutionalize the AICS program.
If HB 10428 is passed and enacted then the AICS would no longer be dependent on the DSWD’s funding in order to provide aid to the poor in crisis.
With its own annual budget, the AICS would be able to extend help to the marginalized that experience misfortunes such as unforeseen illnesses, death, and other emergencies.
The cash aid would also cover other expenses such as burials and money for education, to name a few.
“We need to institutionalize the program to make sure that it is always financially and administratively capable to respond to the needs of all Filipinos in crisis situations,” Velasco explained.
Velasco added that those in crisis must not be forced to choose from “feeding their family or paying for their hospital bill, between paying for the utility bill or a loved one’s funeral expense”.
Meanwhile, Quimbo highlighted the need for the bill’s swift passage as the ongoing Covid19 pandemic has left numerous Filipinos destitute and unable to survive on their own.