255 North Cotabato residents paid P2k each for tree-planting, other activities

Published October 9, 2020, 1:48 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Around 255  residents of the municipality of Tulunan in North Cotabato were paid P2,330 each as part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) cash-for-work program.

The residents were hired for 10 days from August 4 to 14. They worked on gardening, rehabilitation of roads, daycare centers and schools, tree planting, and reforestation in the hopes of mitigating the economic effects of climate change.

DSWD Field Office XII Regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo said that their cash-for-work aid is part of the agency’s Risk Resiliency Program for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (RRP-CCAM). It is a program designed to encourage people to strengthen their efforts against possible disasters.

He explained that the program had a dual purpose:  to help people whose livelihoods were affected by the lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus disease  (COVID-19), and improve the country’s environmental health.

“It’s not only designed to encourage people to strengthen their efforts against possible disaster risks within their communities but to help them ease the economic effects of the pandemic,” he said.

The DSWD has targeted 66,381 residents for inclusion in the program this year, while 30,622 others were already covered for cash-for-work all over the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The DSWD explained that the compensation received by the workers of the program is 75 percent or P233 of the total P311 minimum wage set by the Regional Wages and Productivity Commission.