DSWD Lingap sa Masa (Gabay Para sa May Sakit): Free Medicine Program

The DSWD Lingap sa Masa, also known as the “Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa” (Free Medicine for the People), is a compassionate initiative by the Philippine government aimed at providing financial assistance for the medical needs of underprivileged Filipinos. The program is directly under the administration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD Lingap sa Masa (Gabay Para sa May Sakit)
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Legal Basis

This program is part of former President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to allocate funds specifically for health assistance. It utilizes the President’s Social Fund to ensure that no Filipino is deprived of medication due to financial constraints. A Php 1 billion fund is earmarked to support the program, showcasing the government’s commitment to healthcare accessibility.


The primary benefit of the Lingap sa Masa program is the provision of free medication. It serves as a safety net for those who find themselves unable to afford necessary medicines, particularly individuals from marginalized sectors and those in critical health situations.

Eligibility / Qualifications

  • Filipino citizens in need, especially those who are indigent, vulnerable, or in crisis situations.
  • Individuals confined in or receiving outpatient care from a government hospital.
  • Those who are not currently receiving any form of medical assistance from other government agencies.


  • Any valid ID of the patient; if a representative is involved, a valid ID of the representative along with an authorization letter signed by the patient is needed.
  • A recent (within three months) prescription from a doctor complete with full name, signature, license number, and contact details.
  • A certificate of indigency or a certificate from the medical social service of the hospital.


Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for the Lingap sa Masa Program

  • Gather Necessary Documents: Collect all the required documents, including the patient’s valid ID, the prescription, and the certificate of indigency.
  • Visit the Hospital Pharmacy: Bring the documents to the pharmacy of a participating government hospital. As of now, the program is implemented in select hospitals such as the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), and others across different regions.
  • Receive Assistance: The hospital pharmacy will provide a Guarantee Letter if the needed medicines are not available on-site. This letter will then be used to acquire the medicine from accredited drugstores.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

DSWD Updates Guidelines for Faster Aid Release under AICS Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has implemented updated guidelines to expedite the release of aid to families and individuals in need through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program. The streamlined procedures, simplified forms, and adjusted rates aim to increase the number of beneficiaries served and reduce waiting times. Under the new guidelines, clients can avail of services and interventions through a three-step process, ensuring faster access to financial assistance.

DSWD Marks 70th Anniversary with Strengthened Service Amid Pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development celebrates its 70th founding anniversary with a month-long event, recognizing the dedication and contributions of department personnel, partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders in improving operations during the pandemic. The celebration includes awards for outstanding officials and employees, as well as recognition for stakeholders and partners who supported the successful implementation of its programs. As the agency continues to reach new milestones, the agency remains committed to providing prompt and compassionate service to the poor and vulnerable sectors, helping them navigate the challenges of the pandemic and the future.

DSWD Secretary Orogo Expands LinGAP sa MaSa to Include Prosthesis, Assistive Devices, Radiology, and Chemotherapy

Former social welfare Secretary Virginia N. Orogo announces the amendment of the Guidelines on the Availment of LinGAP sa MaSa, broadening the program’s scope to now cover the provision of prosthesis, assistive devices, radiology services, and chemotherapy. This expansion aims to enhance the support and assistance provided to individuals with medical conditions, ensuring their access to essential healthcare services and treatments.


Video: DSWD: Kailangang magpakita ng guarantee letter para makakuha ng libreng gamot sa mga ospital

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has announced the resumption of issuing Guarantee Letters (GLs) for medical and burial expenses under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. Clients can now visit Field Offices to process their requests for GLs. However, the provision of outright cash assistance has been temporarily suspended pending the downloading of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).



The Lingap sa Masa Program is not just a medical assistance program. It shows how committed the Philippine government is to the health and well-being of its citizens. The program ensures that financial obstacles don’t prevent people from getting essential medicines. It upholds the right to health for all Filipinos, especially those who are less fortunate. By following the program’s guidelines and requirements, eligible individuals can easily go through the process and get the help they need. This is a positive move towards a healthier nation where everyone receives proper medical care, without anyone being left behind.

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