LGU, DSWD launches Cash for Work/Training Program

Over 2,800 small scale farmers and fisherfolks were chosen to be beneficiaries of the Cash for Work/Training Program being initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Regional Office 8 in coordination with the City Government of Catbalogan. They were present during the program’s launching last May 31 at the City Hall lobby.

The Cash for Work/Training Program aims to augment the income of small scale fisherfolks and farmers during lean months. For a total of eleven (11) days, the beneficiaries will be given a cash assistance of 219 pesos daily in exchange for 4 days of training on disaster preprared and risk reduction and 7 days of work that has to do with disaster preparedness, risk reduction and rehabilitation in communities that were affected by previous calamities.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office noted that there are some barangays that have not yet overcome the damaging effects of previous calamities. This program aims to rehabilitate communities and make them more disaster and calamity-proof while at the same time giving added income to the labourers. According to DSWD-8 Regional Director Leticia Corillo, aside from improvements in the beneficiaries’ economic situation, it will be much better if the beneficiaries showed behavioral changes as a result of the program.

The selection of the beneficiaries were based on the database of the National Household Targeting System on Poverty Reduction.  Corillo also commended the City Social Welfare and Development Office for its prompt response which was the reason why Catbalogan City was the third Local Government Unit in the country where this program is to be implemented.

 

 

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