Wanted: Helping hand
All these families obviously need a helping hand to get through the night of their lives.
Vilma Cabrera, secretary for Operations and Programs Group-Protective Programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said that they were fully aware of the unusual phenomenon caused by the campaign on war on drugs.
Although she admitted that the department has no specialized program for the orphaned children of the slain drug suspects, she said that the current programs of the DSWD could be fully utilized to give support to the families, widows and children left behind.
"Yung Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, sila yung may primary responsibility for providing,” Cabrera said.
“First, comfort-giving for the children na talagang nawiwitness yung pagkapatay nung kanilang mga magulang or kung anong, kung sinong miyembro ng pamilya nila. Kung sa amin nai-refer, meron kaming trained social workers or even meron kaming mga psychologists na trained talaga on psycho-social support provisions for the children. Kasama na doon yung debriefing, we even go into counselling not only for the children but whoever are taking care of them," she said.
As of this writing, DSWD has not yet received any request for assistance concerning specifically the children affected by the war on drugs.
"So far wala pa kaming natanggap na ngangailangan ng ganoon. But kung sakaling yung mga pangangailangan, we can readily provide augmentation staff na talagang trained for psycho-social debriefing or mental health and psycho-social support," she stated.
Nevertheless, DSWD has provided burial assistance to some of the families left behind by the slain suspects in the war.
“’Yung aming maximum amount is 75,000. Depende sa punerarya or service provider na nagbigay ng serbisyo. It ranges e… Kasama na yung, hindi lang yung burial or kabaong, pati na yung serbisyo, sa pag-embalmo, at yung during the wake,” she said.