By LITO RULONA
At least 26 local governments in Northern Mindanao are the beneficiaries of the program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-10) in implementing program on Climate Change and Risk Resiliency.
This was disclosed by DSWD-10 Social Marketing Unit in-charge Charmaine Tadlas to the local media as most of the local government program includes de-clogging of drainage to prevent urban flooding like Cagayan de Oro and other major cities in the region.
In press conference, Tadlas said the program is targeted to answer climate change adverse effects which is worldwide phenomenon that affects everyone.
“The program is undertaken through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which the Philippines is a party to since 1994. We take proposals coming from the local governments concern and the program allotted cash-for-work (CFW) for 10 days to implement their approved proposals,” she said.
Among the top cities listed to implement the program were cities like Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Malaybalay and Valencia.
In region 10, DSWD Risk Resiliency Program – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (DSWD RRP-CCAM) implemented in LGUs like four cities and 22 municipalities which cash-for-work activities such others like tree planting, mangrove planting, and mangrove rehabilitation, communal/organic gardening, installation of drainage system, dredging of waterways, canal de-clogging and other activities relative to climate change.
Among other cities that implemented drainage and de-clogging activities as part of the major activities like Iligan City, Malaybalay and Valencia City as covered by the major watershed areas in the region.
However, Cagayan de Oro who always experience urban flooding on the recent days due to heavy downpour has not able to submit its own proposal and list of workers who can avail CFW for 10 days.
Under CSWD-10 record, Iligan city, Valencia and Malaybalay has already implemented the program and ready for pay-out to family beneficiaries in the coming days with P2,740 each worker who undergone de-clogging and communal/organic gardening.
“They were closely monitored, assessed and pay-out. Canal de-clogging is much important to Cagayan de Oro pero wala pa sila naka-sugod,” Tadlas said.
The program aimed is for temporary employment which is generated and that iot provides income augmentation to families and/or individuals. It aims to achieve inclusive growth through the enhancement of the adaptive capacities and resilience of communities and natural ecosystems by minimizing the impacts of climate and disaster risks through climate adaptation, disaster prevention and preparedness.