Indigents in 5 regions receive free medicine from DSWD

Change has come as Filipino people entered year 2017.

Indigents from five regions received medical assistance through Department of Social Welfare and Development's Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) Program which started on January.

According to DSWD, the funding for AICS came from the Office of the President which enables the people to get free prescription medicine for free.

“President Duterte, very much aware of the high costs of medicines and the numerous indigent patients who cannot afford to buy prescription drugs, allocated P1 billion from the President’s Social Fund to enable these patients to access badly-needed medicines," Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

A memorandum circular no. 16 was release by Taguiwalo as a kickstart of the said program.

DSWD Field Offices III, VI, VII, XI and the National Capital Region (NCR) are the five regions indicated in the said circular.

Instead of cash transfers/grants, the recipients will just show referral letters from the DSWD to be presented to indicated partner-drugstores and hospital pharmacies.

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The following requirements must be submitted:
  1. Clinical abstract/medical certificate with full name, signature and license number of the attending physician (issued not later than 3 months)
  2. Doctor’s prescription with date and the name of the patient. The prescription should be signed by the attending physician with license number indicated.
  3. Barangay certificate of indigency or Indigent Card issued by the medical social service of the hospital
  4. Any valid ID of the client
[Source: Rappler]