Patricia Custodio

4P’s All Region Updates posted an announcement in a Facebook group claiming that the applicants for DSWD’s educational cash assistance program are no longer obliged to submit forms and IDs.

CLAIM: On August 11, 2023, Facebook page 4P’s All Region Updates announced that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) no longer requires registrants to submit documents when applying for their educational cash assistance program.


CONCLUSION: According to the DSWD website, submitting documents when applying to the department’s educational cash assistance program remains obligatory.

The post has garnered over 1.6k likes and 1k comments, most of which consist of queries about the registration process. It has been gaining traction as the start of the school year approaches.

Remarkably, clicking the link in the photo’s description will redirect Facebook users to a Shopee page of a bedsheet product.

Meanwhile, the instructions on DSWD’s official website still require registrants to submit certain requirements for their Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) educational assistance grant. 

The page states that the student must present (1) a valid ID, (2) a certificate of enrollment or registration, (3) the student’s school ID, and (4) a statement of account or any document confirming the student’s enrollment.

Since 2021, the DSWD has asked the netizens to exercise vigilance regarding the content they engage with.

Edited by Ronnel Bermas

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This fact-check article was written by Patricia Custodio, The Pillar’s Managing Editor,  at Del Pilar Academy’s Summer Campus Journalism Training on August 16, 2023.