THE Risk Resiliency Program of the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO) for 2022 in Davao del Norte will focus on environmental and climate change mitigation activities.

During a radio interview on July 5, 2022, DavNor PSWDO representatives said the Risk Resiliency Program for this year will implement a Cash for Work on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program.

PSWDO said they have partnered with different government agencies on environmental protection, such as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), thus the focus on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

Another basis is because of the presence of a major river basin in Davao del Norte, particularly the Libuganon River.

A total of 12,660 identified individuals will benefit from the short-term, 10-day employment program. Their job will be focused on environmental protection work such as tree planting, mangrove planting, and rehabilitation of mangrove sites.

“Naa pud ta mga repair sa atong (We also have repair and maintenance of our) community infrastructure, sama anang mga (including) canal declogging, canal desilting or culvert clearing, road clearing, road patching. Naa pud ta (We also have) food security intervention, dira masulod ang atong mga (focusing on) communal or backyard gardening,” Emma Manoay, Social Welfare Officer II, said.

Meanwhile, Honey Nacion, Social Welfare Officer II, said the program has a total budget allocation of P50,133,600 wherein the beneficiaries will receive a payment of P3,960 for the duration of their work. The amount is based on the previous minimum wage of P396 per day.

Nacion said the Cash-for-Work program was implemented in two batches for this year wherein 4,737 beneficiaries received a payout in May and 5,813 on July 1. Currently, there are more than 2,000 beneficiaries are still waiting for the schedule of their payout. ICM