Some 8,969 students in Central Luzon received educational assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the second payout held on Saturday, officials said in a Philippine News Agency report.
Citing data from the Policy and Plans Division, the DSWD-Central Luzon said a total of 1,876 learners were from Nueva Ecija, 1,759 from Bulacan, 1,385 were from Zambales, 1,348 from Pampanga, 1,207 from Aurora, 833 from Tarlac, and 561 were from Bataan.
During the first payout last August 20, the DSWD served 3,911 student beneficiaries, bringing the total to 12,880.
DSWD Undersecretary for Special Projects Eduardo Punay said the increase in the number of students served in the last payout in the region was due to the strengthened cooperation of the different government agencies, active participation of the local government units (LGUs), and the systematic application of the education assistance.
“We are happy with what we have seen in the region, especially with the collaborations between the agencies, LGUs, and the provincial local government units,” Punay said in a statement.