The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) is set to benefit over 1,600 Batac residents through the Cash for Work Program.
The program’s beneficiaries, who are mainly farmers affected by drought, participated in an orientation today, conducted by Mr. Mark Vallan of DSWD Regional Office I, Mr. Husler Garalde of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Atty. Pancho Jose, Chief of Staff of Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc. Mayor Albert D. Chua, Vice Mayor Windell D. Chua together with the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod were also in attendance.
For ten days, with a salary of P400.00 a day, the program will involve participants in clearing and maintaining bamboo areas. The project highlights the significance of bamboo in water preservation and soil conservation, and considers these bamboos as a valuable source for future livelihood programs.
Mayor Albert D. Chua underscored the importance of the project, saying it not only provides immediate financial relief to those affected by drought, but it also paves the way for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.