DSWD Death and Burial/Funeral Assistance Requirements under AICS Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) extends its compassionate hand through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program. AICS is a DSWD initiative that provides immediate aid to Filipinos experiencing acute hardship due to various crises, including the loss of a loved one. Among its critical services is the Burial/Funeral Assistance, which offers financial support to families for death and funeral-related expenses.

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Significance of this Initiative

In a country where a significant portion of the population faces economic challenges, the cost of funeral services can be a heavy burden. 

The significance of the program cannot be overstated, as it alleviates the financial strain on bereaved families, ensuring that their loved ones are given dignified final rites. 


The program provides a one-time payment of PHP 10,000 to help with funeral expenses. This substantial aid can cover various costs associated with the funeral, such as the casket, funeral services, wake, burial plot, interment fees, and transportation.

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Eligibility / Qualifications

To qualify for this support, applicants must be Filipino citizens who are facing financial challenges due to the death of a family member. Priority is given to those who are indigent or are not able to meet such expenses due to a lack of financial capability, as defined under Republic Act 11463, also known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.



Applicants must prepare the necessary documents to avail of the benefit. The requirements are as follows:

  • Valid ID of the person facilitating the claim
  • Death Certificate of the deceased
  • Funeral Contract
  • Additional documents may be required, such as a Barangay Certificate of Indigency, and for those needing to transport the body, a Transfer Permit is required.

The infographics provided by the department clearly outline the required documents and qualifications for those intending to apply for the program.


Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for the DSWD Burial / Funeral Assistance Program

Applying for the social welfare department AICS Funeral Assistance involves a systematic process to ensure that help is extended promptly and efficiently. Here’s a step-by-step guide based on the latest procedure:

  • Screening of Documents: The initial step involves presenting all the necessary documents for verification at the department’s office.
  • Interview and Assessment: A social worker will conduct an interview to assess the situation and determine the level of help required.
  • Review and Approval: The application will be reviewed, and upon approval, a recommendation will be made.
  • Releasing: Once approved, the financial aid will be released to the claimant.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

DSWD Provides Assistance to Bereaved Family of Hazing Victim

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), specifically its Field Office CALABARZON, has expressed its deepest condolences and offered support to the grieving family of Ahldryn Bravante. Ahldryn, a criminology student, tragically lost his life as a result of fraternity-related hazing on Monday evening, October 16.

In an effort to assist the bereaved family during this difficult time, DSWD CALABARZON provided Php 10,000 in cash aid on Thursday, October 19. Additionally, the department issued a guarantee letter to the funeral service provider, covering the burial expenses amounting to Php 40,000.

The agency remains committed to providing support and help to families affected by such tragic incidents, ensuring that they receive the necessary aid and resources to cope with their loss.


DSWD Condoles and Assists Bereaved Family of 5th Grader Allegedly Slapped by Teacher

The Department of Social Welfare and Development extends its deepest condolences to the family of Francis Jay Gumikib, a Grade 5 student from Antipolo City. Tragically, Francis passed away 11 days after allegedly being slapped by his teacher. In response to this heartbreaking incident, Regional Director for DSWD Region IV-A (DSWD Field Office 4A), Barry Chua, has ordered the immediate provision of financial support for hospital and funeral expenses. Additionally, a case management process will be conducted to support the bereaved family during this difficult time. The social welfare department remains committed to ensuring the well-being and welfare of all individuals, especially children, and will continue to take necessary actions to address such incidents.


DSWD Region X Provides Financial Assistance to Lanao del Norte Residents in Crisis Situations

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X is taking action to support Lanao del Norte residents facing crisis situations. Through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, DSWD Field Office X will distribute a total of P9 million in financial aid to 3,500 identified residents of the province. The payout centers in Tubod, Lala, and Iligan City will cater to the needs of the clients, with each center serving a specific number of individuals. The cash benefit provided under the AICS program covers medical needs, funeral expenses, and hospitalization. Senator Imee Marcos, through her representative John Lester Suarez, joined the payout team to ensure the smooth distribution of aid. This collaborative effort between Field Office X and the local social welfare and development offices in Lanao del Norte aims to serve as a social safety net for individuals and families experiencing unexpected crises. The AICS program provides vital support to those in dire need and without any other source of help.


Video: Paano humingi ng tulong sa DSWD for burial or funeral assistance?

Here’s a video guide on the steps to apply for funeral / burial assistance through the AICS program of the agency. Watch this video to gain some tips and insights on how you can proceed with this process with ease. 



The social welfare department program under AICS is a source of hope for Filipinos during difficult times. It reflects the government’s dedication to serving its people with care and respect. By offering this vital service, the agency helps alleviate the financial strain on families, enabling them to concentrate on healing and paying tribute to their loved ones. Through AICS, the spirit of “Bayanihan” remains alive, ensuring that no Filipino faces the burden of grief alone.

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