Rolando Joselito D. Bautista (L), DSWD secretary, hands over a cash to a mother as payment for her 30-day community service in President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat on October 18, 2019. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

PRESIDENT QUIRINO — Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista of  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed here the compensation of residents involved in ten-day community work as he visited on Friday areas in the region where the agency is implementing social protection programs.

Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 regional director, said Secretary Bautista traveled to this town from an assessment of beneficiaries under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program in Tantangan on Friday, October 18, 2019 and handed over the cash-for-work (CFW)  payout of 351 villagers covered by the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM), a program implemented by the agency designed to encourage people to strengthen their efforts against possible disaster risks within their communities. 

Under CCAM, the agency hired vulnerable and food-insecure households for community service that include gardening, rehabilitation of roads, day care centers, three planting, reforestation, and schools to mitigate the economic effects of climate change crisis.

“The amount that our beneficiaries receive would be a great help to them and their families,” Dir. Espejo said.

The recipients for this town, around 351, were all given P2,210 peso each. At least 6,642 other families in North Cotabato have also availed the government’s scheme, according to the relief agency’s chief, citing the latest report provided to him by CCAM focal Norhata Benito.

Benito, for her part, claimed the office allotted 21.8 million intended for the two tranches of payouts for North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces.

Anchored on 2008 Administrative Order 15, the agency has started providing CFW to residents selected by the local government units to work on series of projects in hazard and risk villages vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. (Jeoffrey Maitem / DSWD)