THE Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD has called on to the elderly society and those persons with disabilities to send somebody over to get their cash assistance from the government.
The agency issued the advisory due to reports of senior citizens who passed away while queuing up to receive their cash subsidies.
In a statement, the DSWD said that in this time of the pandemic, the safety of the elderly society must be assured.
“Compliance with the stringent social distancing measures in the identified distribution points is likewise enjoined to ensure the safety of the beneficiaries,” according to DSWD statement.
The DSWD also urges the local government units (LGUs) to have a standby ambulance with available paramedics in the site/s of payout.
Moreover, it also recommended that the LGUs do door-to-door delivery of cash aid to families with senior citizens and persons with disabilities as family heads so they will no longer need to go out of their homes.
Based on protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) under the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, persons below 21 years old and those who are above 60, as well as pregnant women and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, and other health risks should remain in their residences at all times, as they are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
The existing conditions of these sectors shall likewise be taken into consideration so the queuing protocols may not cause them inconvenience or difficulty.
The coronavirus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but experts have warned that older adults with pre-existing health conditions were more vulnerable to the coronavirus, particularly those aged over 60-years-old.
Lastly, the administration called on the public to always heed the advice of their local authorities and to strictly observe the community quarantine protocols on social distancing, wearing of face masks, and proper handwashing to protect themselves and their families from the virus.