DSWD climate change program benefits 800 N. Ecija indigents

By Zorayda Tecson 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Some 800 indigent residents of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija have benefited from the program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that helps communities deal with the impacts of climate change.

Under the DSWD’s Risk Resiliency Program-Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Disaster Risk Reduction (RRP-CCAM DRR), the beneficiaries were given temporary employment through the cash-for-work scheme.

DSWD Region 3 director Marites Maristela said the beneficiaries received P3,000 each as compensation for their 10-day work. The RRP-CCAM DRR program focuses on empowering communities to become disaster-resilient by addressing the effects of climate change.

“One of the primary objectives of the RRP-CCAM DDR is to broaden the knowledge of the citizens on the effects of climate change and boost their skills in dealing with the  threats of changing weather,” Maristela explained.

She said the program is implemented through projects anchored with the climate change action plan of local government units (LGUs).

In early November some 700 indigent Cabanatuan City residents, also in Nueva Ecija, have benefited from the program. (PNA) 

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