Around 1,282 Bulacan residents received help from the climate change program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The residents were provided temporary employment through a cash-for-work scheme under DSWD’s Risk Resiliency Program – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Disaster Risk Reduction (RRP-CCAM DRR).

DSWD Regional Director Marites M. Maristela said that out of the total beneficiaries, 782 were from the City of San Jose del Monte while 500 were from Bustos town.

Residents from eight villages in the City of San Jose del Montewere given Php2,850 each in exchange for work rendered in a 10-day period. The payout was held at a covered court in Barangay Poblacion.

The RRP-CCAM DRR program is implemented through a cash-for-work scheme wherein the DSWD provides cash assistance to the beneficiaries, equivalent to 70 percent of the prevailing daily regional wage approved by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“The program focuses on empowering communities to become disaster-resilient by combating the effects of climate change. This is through the implementation of projects anchored with the climate change action plan of local government units (LGUs),” Maristela said.

She noted that the projects being implemented in the City of San Jose del Monte include sandbagging and riprap installation along the rivers to help mitigate flooding during the rainy season.

“Disaster response is the overall responsibility of DSWD, but the agency offers programs on disaster prevention and mitigation as well. Thus, achieving the country’s overall Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) vision of safer, adaptive, and disaster-resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development,” she explained. (with reports from PNA)


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