By Cherry Joy S. Discaya, PIA, Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) — At least 800 residents who worked under the “cash-for-work” (CFW) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have received their full payments on February 22 at the Laoag City Auditorium.
The CFW is a short-term intervention package of the DSWD giving financial aid to poor individuals in exchange for community work and service. A worker in the program is entitled to a daily wage of P180 for a maximum of 10 day-service or equivalent to P1,800 per individual, which compensation is based on the prevailing regional wage rate.
The workers were deployed to various community projects ranging from clearing of canals, tree planting, and river cleaning for 10 days. Their community work began earlier this month.
The DSWD released some P1.4 million as payment for services rendered.
Records from the Laoag City Social Welfare Office (CSWO) show the beneficiaries came from 10 villages belonging to the city’s list of poor communities identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.
Perlita Cabello, officer-in-charge of CSWO, said that 80 individuals were picked from each identified poor village.
“The program is designed to lift their living conditions and in the process, make them capable individuals,” Cabello said.
The program is in line with the government’s commitment to provide quick socio-economic relief to poor communities in exchange for their services.#