Programs and Services for Disability and Aging

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens

This is a non-contributory pension program that provides monthly cash assistance of PhP1,000 to indigent senior citizens who are not receiving any pension from other sources. The program aims to augment the income of the elderly and help them meet their basic needs. The program has a budget of PhP30.2 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to indigent senior citizens who are not receiving any pension from other sources.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old, frail, sickly, or disabled, and have no regular source of income or support from family or relatives.
  • The applicants must also be registered in the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their respective localities and in the Listahanan.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Employment Facilitation

DOLE provides assistance to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are seeking employment opportunities. DOLE helps them access job fairs, career guidance, skills training, and placement services. DOLE plans to expand its employment facilitation program in 2022-2024 by increasing its budget allocation, strengthening its partnerships with employers and other stakeholders, and enhancing its online platforms and databases.

  • This program is open to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are seeking employment opportunities.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the Philippine Registry for Persons with Disability (PRPWD) or the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, resume, and certificate of training or education (if any).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Legal Service

DOLE provides legal service to senior citizens and PWDs who have employment-related or labor-related issues or complaints. DOLE operates the DOLE-Public Assistance and Complaints Unit (PACU), which is a one-stop shop that receives, evaluates, investigates, and resolves cases involving workers’ rights and welfare. DOLE hopes to enhance its legal service program in 2022-2024 by increasing its staff complement, upgrading its facilities and equipment, and streamlining its processes.

  • This program is open to senior citizens and PWDs who have employment-related or labor-related issues or complaints.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the PRPWD or the OSCA in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, complaint letter or affidavit of complaint, supporting documents or evidence (if any), and authorization letter (if represented by another person).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Union Participation

DOLE supports the involvement of senior citizens and PWDs in union activities and labor relations. DOLE ensures that they have adequate representation in the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, which is a consultative and advisory body on labor and employment issues. In 2021, DOLE recorded an almost 30 percent sectoral representation of senior citizens and PWDs in the council. DOLE aims to sustain its union participation program in 2022-2024 by conducting more capacity-building activities, promoting social dialogue and tripartism, and addressing labor disputes and grievances.

  • This program is open to senior citizens and PWDs who are members of registered labor unions or workers’ associations.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the PRPWD or the OSCA in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, union membership certificate, and certificate of attendance to union activities (if any).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Labor Education

DOLE provides labor and employment education services to workers, employers, and graduating students, including senior citizens and PWDs. DOLE conducts seminars, workshops, orientations, and information campaigns on various topics, such as labor standards, occupational safety and health, social security, labor market trends, and workers’ rights and responsibilities. DOLE intends to improve its labor education program in 2022-2024 by developing more relevant and accessible learning materials, utilizing digital technologies and platforms, and reaching out to more target groups.

  • This program is open to all workers, employers, and graduating students, including senior citizens and PWDs.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the PRPWD or the OSCA in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, proof of employment or enrollment (if applicable), and letter of request or referral (if any).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Livelihood Assistance

DOLE offers livelihood assistance to senior citizens and PWDs who are engaged in self-employment or entrepreneurship. DOLE provides them with financial grants, technical assistance, skills training, and market linkages. DOLE implements the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), which aims to reduce poverty and promote inclusive growth. DOLE plans to continue its livelihood assistance program in 2022-2024 by increasing its fund allocation, diversifying its livelihood projects, and monitoring its outcomes and impacts. See also KABUHAYAN

  • This program is open to senior citizens and PWDs who are engaged in self-employment or entrepreneurship.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the PRPWD or the OSCA in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, barangay clearance, project proposal, business permit (if applicable), and certificate of training or education (if any).

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Cash Aid

DOLE provides cash aid to senior citizens and PWDs who are affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other emergencies. DOLE implements the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, which is a short-term emergency employment program that provides income support and social protection to informal sector workers. DOLE expects to maintain its cash aid program in 2022-2024 by allocating sufficient funds, coordinating with local government units and other agencies, and ensuring timely delivery of assistance.

  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 60 years old for senior citizens and at least 15 years old for PWDs, and registered with the PRPWD or the OSCA in their respective localities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, PRPWD or OSCA ID, barangay certification of displacement or calamity situation, medical certificate (if applicable), and death certificate (if applicable).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

This is a conditional cash transfer program that provides financial assistance and social services to poor households with children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. The program aims to improve the health, nutrition, and education outcomes of the beneficiaries and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. The program has a budget allotment of PhP110.6 billion for 2023.
This program is open to poor households with children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the identified poor municipalities or cities, and registered in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan.
  • The applicants must also comply with the conditionalities of the program, such as regular health check-ups, school attendance, family development sessions, and deworming of children.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)

This is a community-based capacity-building program that provides skills training, seed capital fund, pre-employment assistance fund, and cash-for-building livelihood assets to poor households and communities. The program aims to enhance the access of the beneficiaries to income-generating opportunities and improve their socio-economic well-being. The program targets households who are enrolled in the 4Ps or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). The program also prioritizes vulnerable sectors such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, internally displaced persons, rebel returnees, and solo parents³. The program has a budget of PhP4.8 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to poor households and communities who are enrolled in the 4Ps or the Listahanan.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the identified poor municipalities or cities, and willing to undergo skills training and engage in livelihood activities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, 4Ps ID or Listahanan ID (if applicable), barangay clearance or certification.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): Protective Services for Individuals and Families in Especially Difficult Circumstances

This is a program that provides various forms of assistance to individuals and families who are victims or at risk of abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, or other emergencies.

  • DSWD Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS)
    • This service provides financial, medical, educational, burial, transportation, or food assistance to individuals or families who are in crisis situations due to natural disasters, armed conflicts, accidents, illnesses, deaths, or other emergencies.
  • DSWD Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP)
    • This service provides shelter, counseling, legal aid, livelihood, and repatriation assistance to individuals who are victims of human trafficking or illegal recruitment.
  • DSWD Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families, and Indigenous Peoples Especially the Bajaus (CPSCSFIP)
    • This service provides shelter, education, health care, livelihood, and social protection services to street children, street families, and indigenous peoples who are living in urban areas.
  • DSWD Assistance to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
    • This service provides assistive devices, skills training, employment facilitation, and social pension to PWDs who are in need of support; and
  • DSWD Assistance to Senior Citizens
    • Assistance to Senior Citizens: This service provides residential care, home care support, day care services, emergency shelter assistance, food-for-work program, and centenarian gift to senior citizens who are in need of care.
  • This program is open to individuals and families who are victims or at risk of abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, or other emergencies.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the area where the service is available, and assessed by a social worker or a DSWD staff.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, barangay certification or endorsement, medical certificate (if applicable), police report (if applicable), and other relevant documents depending on the type of service requested.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS)

This is a community-driven development program that empowers communities to identify their own needs and implement their own solutions through participatory planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The program provides grants for community sub-projects such as infrastructure, health facilities, water systems, school buildings, livelihood enterprises, and disaster risk reduction measures. The program also builds the capacities of local government units and civil society organizations to support community development initiatives. The program covers 847 municipalities in 65 provinces across the country. The program has a budget of PhP9.6 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to poor communities who are willing to participate in community-driven development projects.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the identified poor municipalities or cities, and members of a community organization or association.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, barangay clearance or certification.

Department of Health (DOH): Universal Health Care Program

This is a program that aims to provide all Filipinos with access to quality and affordable health care services, especially those who are poor, elderly, or disabled. The program covers preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services through a network of primary care providers, health facilities, and referral systems. The program also includes the provision of free medicines, diagnostics, and consultations for priority health conditions. The program is funded by the national government, local government units, PhilHealth, and other sources. The program was enacted into law in 2019 and is being implemented in phases until 2024.

  • This program is open to all Filipinos who are either direct contributors or indirect contributors to PhilHealth. Direct contributors are those who pay premiums to PhilHealth, such as employees, self-employed, overseas Filipino workers, and voluntary members.
  • Indirect contributors are those who are sponsored by the national government, local government units, or other agencies, such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), indigents, and other marginalized sectors.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, registered with PhilHealth, and have a valid PhilHealth ID or Member Data Record (MDR). The applicants must also avail of the health services from accredited primary care providers, health facilities, and referral systems.

Department of Health (DOH): Medical Assistance Program (MAP)

This is a program that provides financial assistance to indigent patients who are confined in or receiving outpatient services from DOH hospitals or other accredited facilities. The program covers the costs of medicines, laboratory tests, procedures, surgeries, implants, devices, blood products, and other medical needs. The program also provides transportation assistance for patients who need to travel to access health services. The program has a budget of PhP17.2 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to indigent patients who are confined in or receiving outpatient services from DOH hospitals or other accredited facilities.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the area where the service is available, and assessed by a social worker or a DOH staff.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, barangay certification or endorsement, medical certificate or prescription, hospital bill or statement of account, and other relevant documents depending on the type of assistance requested.

Department of Health (DOH): National Health Insurance Program (NHIP)

This is a program that provides social health insurance coverage to all Filipinos through PhilHealth. The program covers inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, preventive care, maternity care, dialysis, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, organ transplantation, Z-benefits for catastrophic illnesses, and other benefits. The program also provides subsidies for the premium contributions of senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are not covered by any other source. The program has a budget of PhP71.4 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to all Filipinos who are either direct contributors or indirect contributors to PhilHealth. Direct contributors are those who pay premiums to PhilHealth, such as employees, self-employed, overseas Filipino workers, and voluntary members.
  • Indirect contributors are those who are sponsored by the national government, local government units, or other agencies, such as senior citizens, PWDs, indigents, and other marginalized sectors.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, registered with PhilHealth, and have a valid PhilHealth ID or MDR. The applicants must also avail of the health services from accredited health facilities and professionals.

Department of Education (DepEd): Policy Guidelines on the Provision of Educational Programs and Services for Learners with Disabilities in the K to 12 Basic Education Program

This is a policy that aims to ensure the access, participation, and achievement of learners with disabilities in the K to 12 basic education program. The policy provides the framework, standards, and guidelines for the provision of appropriate educational programs and services for learners with disabilities, such as special education, inclusive education, individualized education plan, assistive technology, reasonable accommodation, and transition planning. The policy also defines the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, such as DepEd offices, schools, teachers, parents, learners, and partners. The policy was issued on November 2, 2021 through DepEd Order No. 044, s. 2021.

  • This program is open to learners with disabilities who are enrolled in the K to 12 basic education program.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least five years old, and diagnosed with a disability or observed to have developmental delays requiring special education and related services.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: birth certificate, medical certificate or assessment report, individualized education plan (IEP), and parent’s consent form.

Department of Education (DepEd): Child Find Policy for Learners with Disabilities Towards Inclusive Education

This is a policy that aims to identify, locate, and evaluate children above the age of five who are diagnosed with disabilities or observed to have developmental delays requiring special education and related services in public and private schools offering basic education. The policy provides the procedures and mechanisms for conducting child find activities, such as screening, assessment, referral, intervention, monitoring, and reporting. The policy also establishes the roles and functions of the child find teams at the national, regional, division, district, school, and community levels. The policy was issued on May 25, 2022 through DepEd Order No. 023, s. 2022.

  • This program is open to children above the age of five who are diagnosed with disabilities or observed to have developmental delays requiring special education and related services in public and private schools offering basic education.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the area where the service is available, and assessed by a child find team composed of a school head, a guidance counselor, a teacher, a parent, and a community representative.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: birth certificate, medical certificate or assessment report, IEP, and parent’s consent form.

Department of Education (DepEd): Educational Service Contracting (ESC) and Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP)

This is a memorandum that announces the increased funding for two programs that provide financial assistance to students who enroll in private schools or non-DepEd public schools offering basic education. The ESC program provides subsidies for students who enroll in private junior high schools that are accredited by DepEd. The SHS VP program provides vouchers for students who enroll in private senior high schools or non-DepEd public senior high schools that are qualified by DepEd. The memorandum states that the ESC program has a budget of PhP13.5 billion for 2023, which covers 1.5 million beneficiaries. The SHS VP program has a budget of PhP39.33 billion for 2023, which covers 1.13 million beneficiaries.

  • These programs are open to students who enroll in private schools or non-DepEd public schools offering basic education. The ESC program provides subsidies for students who enroll in private junior high schools that are accredited by DepEd. The SHS VP program provides vouchers for students who enroll in private senior high schools or non-DepEd public senior high schools that are qualified by DepEd.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, graduates of public elementary schools or junior high schools (for ESC) or public or private junior high schools (for SHS VP), and have passed the qualifying examination administered by DepEd or its authorized testing centers.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, report card, certificate of good moral character, ESC certificate (for ESC) or voucher application form (for SHS VP), and parent’s consent form.

Department of Education (DepEd): DepEd School Calendar and Activities for School Year 2023-2024

This is an order that provides the guidelines on the school calendar and activities for the school year 2023-2024. The order states that the school year shall formally open on August 29, 2023 and end on June 14, 2024.

  • This program is open to all learners, teachers, school heads, parents, and other stakeholders who are involved in the basic education system.
  • The applicants must follow the guidelines on the school calendar and activities for school year 2023-2024 as prescribed by DepEd.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED): CHED Scholarship Program (CSP)

This is a program that provides financial assistance to students who enroll in CHED-recognized priority programs in private higher education institutions (HEIs) or state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) with Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC). The program has two types of scholarships: Full Merit and Half Merit. The Full Merit scholarship is for students who have a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 96% or its equivalent, while the Half Merit scholarship is for students who have a GWA of 93% to 95% or its equivalent. The program covers tuition and other school fees, stipend, book/connectivity allowance, and transportation allowance. The program also prioritizes students who belong to special groups of persons, such as persons with disabilities (PWDs), solo parents and their dependents, members of cultural minorities, members of the hili tribe, and senior citizens. The program has a budget of PhP3 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to students who enroll in CHED-recognized priority programs in private higher education institutions (HEIs) or state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) with Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC).
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).
  • The applicants must also have a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 96% or its equivalent for full merit scholarship or 93% to 95% or its equivalent for half merit scholarship.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: CHED StuFAPs application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, ESC certificate or voucher application form (if applicable), and parent’s consent form.
  • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000. The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED): Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES)

This is a program that provides financial assistance to poor but deserving students enrolled in public or private HEIs. The program covers tuition and other school fees, allowance for books, supplies, transportation, room and board, health and other education-related expenses. The program also provides additional support for students who are PWDs, indigenous peoples, or living in geographically isolated areas. The program has a budget of PhP16 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to poor but deserving students enrolled in public or private HEIs.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the identified poor municipalities or cities, and registered in the Listahanan 2.0 or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: TES application form, birth certificate, barangay certification or endorsement, proof of enrollment, and parent’s consent form. The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED): Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs)

CHED Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act (UniFAST)

This is an act that aims to harmonize and rationalize all StuFAPs under one governing body. The act provides the framework, standards, and guidelines for the provision and administration of StuFAPs. The act also defines the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, such as CHED, TESDA, DepEd, DSWD, OWWA, SUCs/LUCs/HEIs/TVIs/SHSs/ALS/PEPT centers, students/beneficiaries/grantees/loan borrowers/voucher recipients/ESC grantees/scholars/grant-in-aid recipients/study-now-pay-later-plan beneficiaries/OFW dependents/special study grant recipients/expanded students’ grants-in-aid recipients/expanded SHS voucher recipients/universal access to quality tertiary education beneficiaries (whew!), parents / guardians / spouses / siblings / relatives / co-makers / guarantors / sureties / signatories / witnesses (another whew!), and other partners / supporters / donors / sponsors / funders / contributors / collaborators / cooperators.

These are programs that provide scholarships, grants-in-aid, or loans to qualified students pursuing higher education. The programs include the following:

  • CHED State Scholarship Program (SSP): This program is open to top-ranking high school graduates who enroll in SUCs.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT.
    • The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 90% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: SSP application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of ranking from the school head, and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000. The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA): This program is open to qualified students who enroll in private HEIs.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT.
    • The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 85% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: PESFA application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of ranking from the school head, and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000. The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Study Now Pay Later Plan (SNPLP): This program is open to qualified students who enroll in any HEI.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT.
    • The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 80% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: SNPLP application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of ranking from the school head, and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000.
    • The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Overseas Filipino Workers Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP): This program is open to dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who enroll in any HEI.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT.
    • The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 80% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: OFWDSP application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of dependency from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000.
    • The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts (SSGPCD): This program is open to qualified students from congressional districts who enroll in any HEI.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT. The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 80% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: SSGPCD application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of indigency from the barangay or municipality, and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also belong to a household whose combined annual gross income does not exceed PhP300,000. The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA): This program is open to qualified students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households who enroll in any HEI.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 30 years old and below at the time of submission, senior high school graduates or candidates for graduation, college students with earned units, or passers of the ALS and PEPT.
    • The applicants must also have a GWA of at least 80% or its equivalent.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: ESGP-PA application form, birth certificate, report card, verified true copy of grades, certificate of good moral character, certificate of 4Ps membership from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and parent’s consent form.
    • The applicants must also not be a recipient of any government scholarship or financial assistance.
  • CHED Expanded Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP): This program is open to qualified students who enroll in private senior high schools or non-DepEd public senior high schools that are qualified by DepEd.
    • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, graduates of public elementary schools or junior high schools or private junior high schools that are ESC grantees, and have passed the qualifying examination administered by DepEd or its authorized testing centers.
    • The applicants must also submit the following documents: SHS VP application form, birth certificate, report card, certificate of good moral character, ESC certificate (if applicable), and parent’s consent form.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): Public Awareness

DOLE conducts public awareness activities to inform the public about the programs and services available for senior citizens and PWDs. DOLE publishes news releases in print and online media that highlight the achievements and stories of senior citizens and PWDs who have benefited from DOLE’s interventions. DOLE aims to boost its public awareness program in 2022-2024 by utilizing more communication channels, engaging more media partners, and conducting more advocacy campaigns.

  • This program is open to all interested parties who want to learn more about the programs and services available for senior citizens and PWDs.
  • The applicants do not need to submit any documents but they can contact DOLE through its website, hotline, email, social media, or regional offices to request information or schedule an orientation session.

Department of Health (DOH): Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP)

This is a program that aims to improve the accessibility, availability, and quality of health facilities and equipment in the country. The program provides grants for the construction, renovation, upgrading, or expansion of barangay health stations, rural health units, city health offices, district hospitals, provincial hospitals, regional hospitals, specialty hospitals, and other health facilities. The program also provides medical equipment and supplies for these facilities. The program prioritizes areas that are geographically isolated and disadvantaged or have high poverty incidence. The program has a budget of PhP8.4 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to public health facilities that are in need of improvement in terms of accessibility, availability, and quality.
  • The applicants must be barangay health stations, rural health units, city health offices, district hospitals, provincial hospitals, regional hospitals, specialty hospitals, or other health facilities that are owned and operated by the national government, local government units, or other public entities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: letter of intent, project proposal, project cost estimate, project implementation plan, certificate of ownership or usufruct agreement, certificate of non-duplication of funding from other sources, and endorsement from the regional health office.

Department of Health (DOH): COVID-19 Response Program

This is a program that aims to prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and recover from COVID-19 cases in the country. The program includes the following components: vaccination program, which provides free COVID-19 vaccines to eligible population groups; testing program, which provides free RT-PCR tests to symptomatic individuals, close contacts of confirmed cases, and other priority groups; isolation and quarantine program, which provides temporary accommodation and food assistance to individuals who need to isolate or quarantine; treatment program, which provides hospital care and oxygen support to moderate and severe COVID-19 cases; recovery program, which provides post-COVID-19 care and rehabilitation services; surveillance program, which monitors the epidemiological situation and tracks the variants of concern; and risk communication and community engagement program, which disseminates accurate and timely information and promotes health protocols and behaviors. The program has a budget of PhP45 billion for 2023.

  • This program is open to all Filipinos who are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 or who are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 infection.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, residents of the area where the service is available, and assessed by a health worker or a DOH staff.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: valid ID, birth certificate, vaccination card or consent form (for vaccination), swab test result or exposure history (for testing), quarantine pass or certification (for isolation and quarantine), medical abstract or referral letter (for treatment), discharge summary or rehabilitation plan (for recovery), and other relevant documents depending on the type of service requested.

K to 12 Transition Program

This is a program that aims to support the implementation of the K to 12 basic education reform by providing scholarships, grants, and incentives to faculty and staff of HEIs who are affected by the reduced enrollment due to the additional two years of senior high school. The program includes the following components:

  • K to 12 Transition Program: Scholarships for Graduate Studies – Local (SGS-L)
    • which provides scholarships for faculty and staff who pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in local HEIs;
  • K to 12 Transition Program: Scholarships for Graduate Studies – Abroad (SGS-A)
    • which provides scholarships for faculty and staff who pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in foreign HEIs;
  • K to 12 Transition Program: Institutional Development and Innovation Grants (IDIG)
    • which provide grants for HEIs to develop innovative projects that enhance their quality and competitiveness;
  • K to 12 Transition Program: Professional Advancement Grants for CHED Administrative Staff (PAGCAS)
    • which provide grants for CHED administrative staff to pursue professional development activities;
  • K to 12 Transition Program: Faculty Development Grants for SUCs/LUCs under Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
    • which provide grants for SUCs/LUCs to implement faculty development programs that align with their institutional development plans.
  • This program is open to faculty and staff of HEIs who are affected by the reduced enrollment due to the additional two years of senior high school.
  • The applicants must be Filipino citizens, employed by HEIs as full-time or part-time faculty or staff, and willing to pursue graduate studies or professional development activities.
  • The applicants must also submit the following documents: K to 12 Transition Program application form, birth certificate, certificate of employment, transcript of records, curriculum vitae, letter of intent,

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