A total of 1,606 cash for work beneficiaries have received incentives after rendering 10 days of service in maintaining bamboo areas across the City of Batac today, June 29. The recipients, who are farmers affected by drought, came from 15 barangays within the city.

Under the program initiated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, led by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the beneficiaries earned a daily incentive of 400 pesos.

Gov. Manotoc emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating that bamboo not only plays a vital role in water preservation and soil conservation but also forms a valuable resource for future livelihood programs.

Regional Director Marie Angela S. Gopalan of the DSWD Regional Office I, who attended the payout, affirmed that the program will continue due to the ongoing need to sustain our bamboo areas.

Batac City Mayor Albert D. Chua expressed his gratitude towards Gov. Manotoc and RD Gopalan for personally attending the event and for their continued support and services to the city.

The payout was facilitated by personnel from the Provincial Agriculture Office headed by Ms. Ma. Thereza Bacnat, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms. Rochelle Gajes, Ilocos Norte Agriculture and Fisheries Extension center represented by Mr. Hustler Garalde, City Agriculture Office headed by Mr. Mark Allan Abad, and City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Mrs. Lilibeth Maligsay.