CASH FOR WORK. DSWD Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) assistant director for operations Amelyn Cabrera on Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2022) said they have allotted PHP174,375,000 for the cash-for-work program in the 27 municipalities in the province of Abra. Cabrera said the program will start in eight towns that have already signed a memorandum of agreement with the DSWD regarding the program. (PNA photo by Liza T. Agoot)

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has allotted a total of PHP174,375,000 for the implementation of a cash-for-work program for the 303 barangays in all 27 municipalities in the province of Abra.

Amelyn Cabrera, DSWD-Cordillera assistant director for operations, said Wednesday they would start the program in eight towns.

"We have finalized the memorandum of agreement with eight municipalities out of the 27 which is worth PHP65 million. We are good to go with the eight towns,” Cabrera said on the sidelines of the first day of the Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay) partnership forum in Abra's capital town of Bangued.

The program will be first rolled out in the towns of Bucay, Lagangilang, Licuan-Baay, Bangued, Salapadan, Tineg, Villaviciosa and San Isidro.

Cabrera said a different amount is allotted per municipality with each worker receiving PHP380 daily wage for a maximum of 90 days.

“This is a short-term income generation but the project implementation still uses the CDD (community-driven development) approach of planning, intervention, and identification of project,” she added.

Cabrera added that the work to be done by the beneficiaries will be identified by their respective communities.

She also assured that the program using the fund will comply with the principles of transparency, participation, and accountability from the community.

“Participation of the community from the time the projects are identified, it is them that implement, they also monitor and they sustain the project after its completion,” she added.

The cash-for-work program in the towns that have already finalized the pact with the DSWD will start this November and will run until May 2023.

“The prioritization of municipalities is based on poverty incidence and was not due to the earthquake last July,” Cabrera said. (PNA)